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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARAB2092 Arab Media, Politics and Society

15 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Vahideh Golzard

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

No Arabic knowledge is required for this module.

This module is mutually exclusive with

ARAB2091Arab Media, Politics and Society

Module replaces

ARAB2881 – Contemporary Arab Media

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module, which requires no knowledge of Arabic, is designed to provide an in-depth study into the nature of contemporary Arab media and its relation to politics, culture and society of the Middle east. It will provide a critical overview on the development of Arab media, and examine the aims, objectives and programmes of the main transnational Arab channels. It will also examine the social, political, and cultural aspects underpinning transnational Arab broadcasting. The module will also introduce students to Social Media and its role in the Arab Spring. Finally, the module will attempt to examine the impact of transnational broadcasting and Social Media on the Arab public sphere. The module will also examine how power, politics and conflicts shape and are shaped by Arab media broadcast.


The main objective of this module is to provide an overview on the Arabic media development since its establishment until today. The discussion of the development of Arab media will take into consideration many elements, some of which are political, cultural and social. The module shall examine the main objectives behind the establishment of print and audio-visual media. We shall also refer to the great impact of some of these broadcasting outlets on the Arab regimes and population.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have acquired:
- an in-depth understanding of the theoretical literature in the field and a good grounding in the patterns of Modern Arabic Media broadcast.
- a good understanding of how politics, power and conflict shape and are shaped by Arabic media broadcast.
- an insight into the impact these broadcasting outlets have on the Arab regimes and wider society


The topics covered in this course include amongst others:
1. Overview of Arab audio-visual and print media
This section shall provide a general review of the audio-visual media. It will look at its broadcasting strategy, in relation to the social and political landscape of the Arab world. It will also examine its progress and its impact on the Arab public. It shall touch upon some historical aspects which have hindered or underpinned the development of Arab Media.
2. Arab media: Politics, Sponsorship and Policies
This part of the module will introduce case studies of Arabic channels and will examine the similarities and differences in broadcasting between these channels. It aims to acquaint the students with the broadcasting style of these channels. It shall also provide a comprehensive analysis of the aims and objectives, policies and the target audience of the above channels.
3. Arab media, conflict, discourse and Society
This part will mainly look at the change of broadcasting discourse in Arab media since Mid 1990s. It shall provide an analysis of media discourse in its social, cultural and political context. It will examine discourse in relation ideology in institutional broadcasting. It will closely examine Arabic media broadcast of conflicts in the Middle East
4. Globalisation, Democracy and Arab media
This part will consider Arab media in light of the globalisation and worldwide competition. It shall look at how globalisation has affected Arab media discourse and broadcasting.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

134 hours of private study, including preparation for lectures and seminars as well as time spent on researching/writing a 2,500 word essay, and 1,500 word literature review.
Reading primary texts: 30 hours
Lecture preparation and consolidation: 34 hours
Seminar preparation: 20 hours
Essay: 30 hours
Literature review: 20

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be informally monitored via participation in the seminar discussions. Opportunities will also be provided for one-to-one consultation via the lecturer’s weekly Feedback and Advice times. Formal feedback will of course be provided on the coursework essay, which will be returned in good time to inform the student’s article review preparation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 words70.00
Literature Review1500 words30.00
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: 13/09/2022


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