Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3140: The Kurds: History and Politics

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

Module Aims

This module will introduce you to the history of the Kurds, the largest stateless nation and the largest group in the Middle East after Arabs, Persians and Turks. They have recently begun to play a prominent role in the complex politics of the Middle East, which is difficult to understand without a grasp of the Kurds’ long and complicated history. The course aims to give an understanding of the history of the Kurds, to identify the major actors in this history, and to help you analyse their political development from a range of perspectives. The module will encourage you to critically examine the history of the Kurds and their politics, considering issues of social organisation, nationalism, political party formation, identity, political economy, regional relations, and international relations.

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 understanding of the historical development of the different parts of Kurdistan.
2. Demonstrate ability to analyse political and social structures of these parts of Kurdistan.
3. Demonstrate comprehension of the Kurds’ regional position.
4. Demonstrate objective analysis of the Kurds’ interaction with the dominant states of the region.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Discuss and analyze historical material.
6. Critically evaluate a range of historical resources.
7. Apply a multi-disciplinary approach in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of a particular ethnic group.
Personal and Key Skills8. Plan and produce work to a deadline
9. Develop a short reasoned argument in answer to a question
10. Undertake a limited degree of research, including finding material online, to prepare a written report