Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM209: Palestinian Politics after Oslo

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to provide an understanding of contemporary Palestinian politics. The core focus of the module is Palestinian politics after Oslo, as well as the societal and political context, which provides the frame. The course makes use of a number of books, journal articles and think-tank publications in order to expose the students to a wide variety of material. Moreover, during the seminars, students will also be tasked with researching newspaper articles in order to obtain further data, particularly on the more recent events. It is hoped that the students undertaking this module will gain an in-depth knowledge of the legal framework, political institutions, the workings of civil society, and state-society relations in Palestine, thereby enabling them to understand Palestinian society today. A further aim of the course is to develop the students' skills as academics and independent researchers, thereby equipping them for the future, regardless of whether they aspire to a career in academe.

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. develop an understanding of the current political structures and situation, and to analyze these from a range of perspectives.
2. critically examine key issues in contemporary Palestinian politics, including topics such as nationalism, state building, elections, party formation, regional relations, international relations, war, peace, rule of law, ethnicity, religion and conflict.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. find, use and analyze secondary and primary data relevant to specific issue areas
4. place issues discussed in a wider context and deploy critical arguments.
Personal and Key Skills5. have developed critical and analytical skills through readings, class discussions and presentations
6. demonstrate an enhanced ability to undertake political analysis