Postgraduate Module Descriptor


ARAM215: Studying the Contemporary Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

This module will introduce you to a  aim of the course is to expose students to a wide variety of approaches and debates in the study of the contemporary Middle East, with a particular emphasis on humanities subjects. In the module, you will explore topics such as material culture and art, , heritage and memory, gender, language and literature. The module aims to provide you with tools to critically question these approaches and debates in the field. Although, you will gain a general understanding of the whole approaches throughout the weekly lectures and seminar, you will have the opportunity to explore in more depth the topic and approach of your choice through individual learning and the essay-based assessment. The course will familiarises you with contemporary debates and literatures humanities studies in and about the Middle East, thereby providing you with key tools to further research these areas. It intends to inspire your engagement with the scholarship of the discipline and to develop your ethical and professional values. 

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 knowledge of key issues in the debates on gender, literature, modernity, orientalism, heritage, and material culture.
2. undertake independent research on various themes and issues in contemporary Middle East Studies.
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. apply critical and analytical skills
6. analyse and assess academic texts critivc
7. produce work to a deadline