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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM213: Approaches to Middle East and Islamic Studies: States, Societies and Identities

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:


Introduction to the module

Social Sciences and the study of the Middle East

Modern historical context: the Arab-Israeli conflict

Understanding state and society in the Middle East

Authoritarianism and democracy

The political economy of the Middle East

Political Islam - moderate and radical Islamist movements

Transnational terrorism

Studying the international relations of the Middle East

US foreign policy towards the Middle East

Conclusion and revision 

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
22 128 0

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22 11 x 2 hour contact time
Guided independent study65Preparing for (i.e. collecting research, reading the research, creating an outline, etc.) and writing the essay
Guided independent study45Reading for class
Guided independent study18Preparing for and writing reaction papers

Online Resources

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


Other Learning Resources

University libraries