Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2134: Ethnography of the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Week 1 Conceptualising the Middle East

Week 2 Orientalism and Ethnography: Natural Partners

Week 3 A Stranger in our Midst: Participant Observation, Interviews and Oral Histories

Week 4 Locations and Populations I: Rural Areas

Week 5 Locations and Populations II: Urban Spaces

Week 6 Social Hierarchies I: Family and Kinship Ties

Week 7 Social Hierarchies II: Gender Roles

Week 8 Religious Beliefs and Expressions

Week 9 Identities: Constructing Ethnicities and Selves

Week 10 Power and Authority: State and Opposition

Week 11 Modernity


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x 1 hour lectures, which develop and explain the themes of the week
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities11Seminars will involve discussing question(s) relating to the themes of the week; students will be expected to play an active role and will sometimes be asked to explain/comment on texts. Reaction papers will be set to test that these texts have been read
Guided Independent Study50Preparation of reaction papers
Guided Independent Study78Reading, class preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/