Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3152: Folklore and Identity in the Middle East

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

What is Folklore and why does it matter?
Reading, Writing, Ruling: Oral Tradition and official discourse in the Middle East
It Ain’t What you say, it’s the Way that you Say It: Genres
They Always Left me stuffed with false promises: Gender, Power and Domination
Please Refer to Your Textbooks: Folklore, Memory and History
The Arabian Nights
Ancient Mariners Tales
Taming Nasruddin Hoca: Folklore in Turkey
Rustam and the Ayatollahs: Folklore in Iran
Costume, colour and meaning in the Middle East

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 activity 22There will be a combination of lecturing and class discussion, for which a certain amount of required reading will be set each week. Required reading will include folkloric texts (in English translation) and secondary literature
Guided Independent study128A variety of independent study tasks directed by module leader

Online Resources

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

ELE – http://ele.exeter.ac.uk/

Other Learning Resources