Postgraduate Course: Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES11044)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course provides an interdisciplinary, historically wide-ranging, and thematically diverse introduction to the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
THIS COURSE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS ON AN IMES PROGRAMME WITHIN LLC.
This course provides an interdisciplinary, historically wide-ranging, and thematically diverse introduction to the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The course is focused on a close and critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources on a range of relevant subjects related to Islamic and Middle Eastern history, culture, society, and politics. Particular emphasis is placed on methodological approaches as to help students develop a solid basis for more specialised postgraduate study. Being team-taught, the course draws on the range of disciplinary and area expertise we have in the department.
Student learning experience
Students are expected to engage with their learning through:
* Introductions by the lecturer.
* Independent reading and reflection through the preparation of weekly readings and seminar questions.
* Engagement with and use of the course material in discussions and other learning activities.
* Independent research for the preparation of the written assignments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
* Two response papers on the weekly readings (2 x 750 words) (40%)
* Essay (3000 words) (60%)
||* Formative feedback from peers and lecturer during class discussions and activities.
* Individual written feedback on the response papers. Feedback on the first paper also serves as formative feedback for the second paper and the final essay.
* Written feedback on the essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Analyse and explain key issues in the history, politics and culture of the Middle East and the Islamic World.
- Critically evaluate primary and secondary sources on these issues.
- Identify and assess past and current conventional wisdoms in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, including key problems of current research interests across its sub-disciplines.
- Explain the advantages and shortcomings of different methodological approaches on offer across the field.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Elvire Corboz
|Course secretary||Mrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161