Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2170: A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • World War I and the Partition of the Ottoman Empire 
  • Ataturk and the Creation of Modern Turkey
  • The Mandates, 1920s-40s
  • European Imperialism, 1830s-1960s
  • Palestine and Zionism, 1880s-1948
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-
  • The Age of Revolution, 1950s-60s
  • Iran under the Pahlavis, 1925-79
  • The Lebanese Civil War
  • The Iranian Revolution and the Islamic Republic, 1979-
  • The Gulf Shaikhdoms
  • Review for final exam

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 Activities2211 x 2 hour classes. Students will need to complete all readings prior to class and be ready to participate. On some occasions students will be asked to make presentations.
Guided Independent Study64Reading and research;
Guided Independent Study32Completing assignments
Guided Independent Study32Preparing for assessments

Online Resources

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