Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3049: Media, Culture and Politics in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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 of the following topics:

  • Understanding the Arab Mediascape: Methodological Issues for Theorizing the Field
  • A brief History of the Arab Press
  • TV Broadcasting and the Satellite Revolution
  • Arab Media from Inside: Journalists, Political Communication and Change
  • Arab Public Opinion in the Age of Media Plenty
  • Arab Media and the Disjunction between the State and its Subjects
  • The Information Revolution: Technology Optimists & Technological Determinism
  • The Arab Spring: Revolution in the Age of New & Social Media
  • Entertainment Media, Culture and Politics
  • Arab Media and the Discourse on Religion
  • Arab Media and Transnational Identity

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 seminars (inc. brief lecture)
Guided Independent Study68Reading for seminars
Guided Independent Study60Completion of course work

Online Resources

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