Skip to main content


Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM147: The Kurds: History and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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:


The Historiography of the Kurds and Kurdistan

The Kurds between two empires (the Ottomans and the Safavids)  

Kurds and Kurdistan in the first World War

Kurdish nationalism and the question of identity  

Religious identities and politics in Kurdistan

The Kurdish national movement and the states (Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria)

Kurds, actors of Middle-Eastern Regional politics

The Diasporisation of the Kurdish People  

The Kurdish political movement and transformation of gender roles

Kurdistan, war, and the global economy

War and the transformation of society in Kurdistan

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
Guided independent study88Weekly Readings (8 hours/week)
Guided independent study22Class/Seminar Preparation (2 hours/ week)
Guided independent study58Project (30 hours researching/coordinating; 28 hours writing/realisation)
Guided independent study70Essay (35 hours reading and researching /35 hours writing)
Guided independent study40Reading and writing up the book review

Online Resources

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