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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Postgraduate Course: Diasporas of the Middle East (IMES11034)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course seeks to situate the Middle East minorities in the broader analytical, conceptual and theoretical debates of Diaspora Studies, fostering knowledge of communities by examining local cultures, histories, languages, politics and religions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminarSeminar1-11 11:10 - 13:00
CentralSeminarSeminar1-11 15:00 - 15:50
First Class Week 1, Monday, 11:10 - 13:00, Zone: Central. Room 3.18, David Hume tower
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. The main objectives of this course will be the understanding of the main historical events, processes and actors that have shaped and continue to shape political dynamics in the Middle East, with special reference to the minority communities. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of different approaches to Diaspora. The course aims to give students the chance to form an academically informed, independent and critical knowledge of the Middle East and its relations with $ýthe West&© and to develop an in-depth understanding and knowledge of a range of diasporic case studies.
2. The course aims also to develop further students&© abilities to do secondary-source research and to present oral and written work clearly and effectively while also honing their analytical skills and improving their interactive capacities.
Assessment Information
Essay (3000 Words) - 50%
Take Home Exam (2000 Words) - 30%
Presentation and Class Participation - 20%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The Jews: the 20th Century Diaspora
The Greeks: Modern Exodus
The Armenians: From Exile to Empowerment
The Palestinians
Syrians in Egypt: the Boundaries of $ýDiaspora&©?
Filmic Narratives of Diaspora
&ęIrangeles&™: the Iranian Experience Abroad
The Kurds and Turks
Middle Eastern Diasporas in $ýthe West&©
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Sossie Kasbarian
Tel: (0131 6)50 9974
Email: Sossie.Kasbarian@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Rhona Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 4182
Email: Rhona.Cullen@ed.ac.uk
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