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ARAB2181 Cultures of the Arab Middle East and North Africa

20 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Professor Kamal Salhi

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides students with in-depth knowledge necessary for the understanding of the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa; an introduction to critical approaches to countering fixed ideas that this region is merely a place of antagonisms.


The module aims to introduce students to research in cultural studies and the critical study of a wide range of cultures and interconnected topics that are important to the anthropological literature on the Middle East and North Africa, including the functional structure of societies of the region, and the dynamics of their cultural production. Themes covered include ritual and celebration; policy and practice; family and gender relations; space and object resources; literary and artistic representations.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have acquired:

1. A good understanding of the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa;
2. Such transferrable skills as independent research;
3. Critical thinking;
4. Communication and presentation skills;
5. Team working;
6. and academic writing.


Topics covered in the module include:

- Defining culture and understanding approaches to the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa;
- Rituals and Celebrations;
- Practices and Policies;
- Family and Gender Relations;
- Literary Culture and Artistic Representations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

176.5 hours of private student include reading of relevant texts and preparation for lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations and written assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students' progress will be monitored through the following:
- Written assignment;
- Oral presentation;
- Student handout;
- Individual Tutorial;
- Feedback session;
- Tutor's advice and feedback hour;
- Personal tutorial meeting;
- Students' mid-term and end of term surveys

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000-word research essay60.00
PresentationPresentation supported by student-handout and audio-visuals40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:22:22


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