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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM187: The Middle East Before 1945

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

This module examines major social and political themes in the history of the modern Middle East between 1800 and 1945

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. An understanding of the historical development of the Middle East during 1800-1945 from a continuity/change and comparative perspectives, particularly in the social and political fields.
2. At the end of the module the students will develop a multi-sided approach to the major themes of the history of the period.
3. In particular they will be able to critically discuss these themes through an evaluation of the different approaches to historical research within the field of Middle Eastern studies.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. An ability to work with primary sources under tutor guidance, and to evaluate these in the light of conceptual and theoretical debates.
5. An ability to engage with the cultural/political contexts within which historical literature was produced. An ability to understand themes and ideas of historical change from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Personal and Key Skills6. Independent study and group work, including participation in oral discussion
7. Ability to organise data effectively to produce a coherent written argument to a deadline.