Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM236: Sociology and Anthropology of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula

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


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Claire Beaugrand (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will critically explore the contemporary social dynamics of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula’s societies. It is structured around main themes that will provide an in-depth comparative perspective on social changes and fracture lines at work in Gulf societies and question the historicity and social constructedness of social categories used to study these societies. The module engages in particular a critical reflection on migration, mobility and social hierarchies; dynamics of tribes and tribalism; the organisation and practice of Gulf cities; the development of new individual subjectivities; the transformation of family and gender; and the narratives and counter-narratives on Gulf modernity.

This module is suitable for specialist and non-specialist alike. No prior knowledge is required.

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