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 Content

Syllabus Plan

Although the module's precise coverage may vary each year, it is anticipated that the following topics will be covered (some for a period of more than one week)



1. Theories of violence

2. Colonial violence

3. Genocide and ethnic conflict

4. The Armenian genocide

5. Gender, war and violence

6. Theories of revolution

7. Religion and revolution in Iran, 1905-11

8. The Iranian Revolution

9. Colonialism, War and Revolution in Algeria

10. Nation, Statehood and the Arab-Israeli Wars

11. The Iran-Iraq war

12. Authoritarian government and the Arab Spring 


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities4422 x 2 hour classes. You will need to complete all readings prior to class and be ready to participate. On some occasions you will be asked to make presentations
Guided independent study130Reading and research
Guided Independent study 63Completing assignments
Guided independent study63Preparing for assessments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).