Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3041: War, Violence and Revolution in the Middle East, 1800-2013

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to equip you with a good knowledge of the history of the Middle East in the modern period, along with a detailed understanding of the ways in which violence and war have been formative of modern polities and societies in the region. It aims to ensure that you are able to directly connect theoretical literatures on war, revolution and violence to specific case studies, and to develop strong capabilities in comparative historical analysis, source analyses and the development of complex forms of written argumentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate both a detailed understanding of the modern Middle East and an ability to connect and compare seemingly discrete national and local histories from across the region and the time period studied;
2. demonstrate familiarity with the major scholars working in the theoretical fields of war, revolution and violence, and on the region;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. critically engage with theoretical debates on war, revolution and violence and an ability to apply such theories to the Middle East;
4. analyse case studies looking at key examples of wars, revolutions and genocide;
5. demonstrate a systematic understanding of the interdisciplinary methods which Area Studies and Middle East Studies are based upon;
6. engage with, research and complete one essay which displays an ability to analyse one single country or to compare two or more states;
Personal and Key Skills7. critically engage with theoretical literature and apply it to the context under discussion; and
8. contextualise sources, rank them according to relevance, write coherent and structured arguments.