Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3043: From "Home Lands" to "Host States": Migration, Displacement and Diaspora in the Middle East

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Miss Billie Brownlee (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The module aims at providing you with an understanding of how the phenomenon of migration and displacement has indelibly marked states and societies of the Middle East throughout the last 150 years and remains even today a significant element of contemporary life in the region. The module has three main objectives: engage with a range of theoretical debates, issues and concepts surrounding the phenomenon of migration; provide the historical background and context for the waves of displacements and dispossessions, which made of the Middle East the greatest producer of forced migrants in the 20th century; examine contemporary communities who have faced dispossession and involuntary migration. Course readings are interdisciplinary and include works of history, sociology, political science, economy, anthropology and human rights advocacy. No specific pre-requisite skills are required to take this module. The module enriches students’ understanding of the history, society and politics of the Middle East and therefore benefits their overall academic curricula.

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