Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3252: Violence and Conflict in the Middle East

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:

  • Identity Politics and Conflict
  • Religion and Politics
  • Sectarianism
  • The Military and Security
  • Legacy of Colonialism and Foreign Meddling
  • Political Economy of Violence

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 & Teaching activities2211x two-hour seminars. There will be a mix of lecturers led by the module convenor, student presentations, and group work.
Guided Independent Study48Private Study - reading and preparing for seminars
Guided Independent Study30Preparation for group presentations -including researching and collating relevant sources, planning the structure and argument.
Guided Independent Study50Preparation for essay - including researching and collating relevant sources, planning the structure and argument and writing up.

Online Resources

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

Foundation for Middle East Peace - https://fmep.org/

Al-Jazeera - www.english.aljazeera.net  

Institute for the Study of War -http://www.understandingwar.org/

Other Learning Resources

Syria: Reckoning (2013, Aljazeera)

ISIS: "Islamic" Extremism? (2014, Mojtaba Masood)