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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM190: Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

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


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (6 weeks) and term 2 (5 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Sajjad Rizvi (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


This module is intended to introduce you to general research skills, sources and tools relevant to the study of the Middle

East and Muslim world from the perspectives of the social sciences and humanities. It is compulsory for all students in taught Masters courses in IAIS and for those first year PhD students who are deemed by their supervisiors to need methodological training. Otherwise there are no pre- or co-requisites. It consists of workshops introducing the theory and methodology of studying the Middle East from different disciplinary viewpoints, including doing ethnographic fieldwork and working with archival sources, and covering such crucial points as thesis/dissertation planning and ethics committee applications. Fortnightly lecture-seminars will introduce students to the research methodologies employed within the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies subject areas. Individual lectures will focus on different disciplinary approaches, as well as providing training for bibliographic and referencing skills in Middle Eastern Studies, on-line resource utilisation, thesis planning and ethical issues.

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