Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM221: The Palestine Question: Past and Present

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Ilan Pappe (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The Palestine question is still one of the most crucial feature of Modern Middle Eastern history and politics. It is also now a major research area, related to events in the past and present realities in the Middle East and beyond. Very few countries were so thoroughly researched academically as were Israel and Palestine.

This module introduces you to this rich literature in an engaging and critical manner, fitting post graduate studies. The module allows you to examine the recent development in the study of Israel and Palestine. It allows you to become familiar with the various narratives on the history of the country and the influence recent conceptual and methodological developments had on the research on Palestine and Israel.

In addition, you will learn how to contextualise a case study within the wider debates about power and knowledge. Palestine is a textbook case study for the interaction between ideology and scholarly research. You will learn how to navigate between moral commitment, ideological orientations and academic acumen and professionalism.  

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