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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3049: Media, Culture and Politics in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Miss Billie Brownlee (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module considers the developments of culture, politics and media in the contemporary Arab Middle East through historical, political and cultural lenses. Students will be exposed to and engaged in discussions about various media theories, issues, forms and practices. The module is organised around a broad range of topics including the history and development of the Arab press, the rise of satellite television, the political economy of Arab media, the advent of new and alternative media and the role they played in the momentous changes which shook the region during the Arab Spring. Equally of interest is the impact of globalization on Arab mass media; the link between modernity, democracy and Islam; gender, national and diasporic communities. Classes will take the format of mini-lectures, class discussions, presentations, group work, screenings and interactions with guest speakers. No specific pre-requisite skills are required to take this module. The module enriches students’ understanding of the history, society and politics of the Middle East and therefore benefits their overall academic curricula.

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