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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM225: Gender and Politics in the Middle East

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

Module Aims

This module aims to enable you to analyse ‘the politics of gender’ across diverse contexts in the Middle East and North Africa. You will learn to analyse the relationship between gender and politics on multiple levels, from individual subjects, to communities and societies, to states and governance, to transnational trends and processes; the course will additionally equip you to identify how these levels are necessarily connected. The course aims to promote politically active learning through engagement with topical events and project-based assessment.

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. Discern the various ways in which gender roles, relations and norms are constructed, reproduced and challenged in the Middle East.
2. Identify and critically assess the changing social, political, cultural and economic contexts that shape gender in the Middle East.
3. Evaluate critically different theoretical and methodological approaches employed in the study of gender and sexuality in the Middle East.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Analyse and assess academic texts and prevailing cultural notions critically.
5. Distinguish between a range of methodological approaches as well as variety of genres, i.e. anthropological and sociological texts, (auto)biographical writings and fiction.
6. Demonstrate an awareness of, and be sensitised to, the various processes by which gender (i.e. femaleness and maleness) is socially and culturally constructed in different contexts.
Personal and Key Skills7. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
8. Critically examine and review existing literature.
9. Engage in independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion.