Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3162: Britain in the Middle East, 1798-1977

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide you with a nuanced understanding of how and why empire and imperialism works on the ground, the roles played by the various actors, the motivations and perceptions of the people involved, and the theories that historians have developed to explain empire and imperialism as a political, economic, social, and cultural phenomenon. It aims to engage you in a detailed analysis of the subject, a critique of the assigned readings, and an ongoing debate of the different interpretations of the readings and the case studies in class.

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 a comprehensive understanding of British involvement in the Middle East through eight country case studies.
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of imperialism and the methodologies and theories used to study it..
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Understand how history is written and that history is only the attempt to represent and explain the past, it is not the past itself.
4. Read primary and secondary sources critically.
5. Employ theory in the interpretation of historical events.
6. Evaluate history and historical documents both orally and in writing.
7. Discuss and debate different historical explanations of past events and to respect different points of view about the past.
8. Understand and evaluate historical events, change, and continuity through multi-disciplinary approaches
Personal and Key Skills9. Think critically about issues and events. organisation of data, time and project management skills
10. Formulate a coherent argument orally and in writing.
11. Work independently and in a group
12. Ability to give an effective oral presentation in public
13. Write analytical essays that synthesize secondary material and interpret primary sources.