Admission to (one of) the programme(s) listed under Part of in the information bar on the right.
If you are interested in taking this course, but NOT a student of (one of) the listed programme(s), please contact the Education Coordinator.
Students should have had approximately 30 EC worth of courses in Middle Eastern Studies at BA or MA level.
This course explores who in the Middle East exercises power and how. By closely studying how and who uses, gains, and negotiates power and their historical contexts, we explore every-day interactions with the state, struggles against state power, anti-colonial resistance, struggles for national liberation and against occupation, civil wars, and revolutions. In doing so, we will investigate how people both fight against and preserve the status quo and discuss the complex relationships between power and resistance. Related, we will inquire whether common experiences, through political struggles or other processes, create new collective identities, and address how national memory is formed and changed.
To encourage students to think critically about the causes, uses, effects, and locations of power and resistance.
To consider the changing daily interactions between the state and its inhabitants.
To familiarize students with past struggles that continue to play a role in the Middle East today.
To help students critically engage with scientific literature and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various theoretical approaches.
To help students improve their capacity to present ideas orally and in written form.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Assessment and weighing
Students will be graded on the basis of three assignments:
|1. Attendance, Preparation, & Participation
|At least one in class presentation
|At least one in-class oral “reaction” to the presentation
|Participation and preparation in the general
|2. Peer assessment/feedback on the draft of your final project
|3. Final project
The final mark for this course is formed by the weighted average.
In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.
The course is an integrated whole. All assessment parts must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
Only if the total weighted average is insufficient (5.49 or lower), the insufficient grade is the result of an insufficient project, a re-sit of the project is possible (45%). In that case the convener of the course may decide to assign a (new) topic. The deadline for this version will be determined by the instructor. A re-sit of the other components is not possible.
Inspection and feedback
Feedback will be supplied primarily through Brightspace. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the assessment results, a review will be organized.
Check the course syllabus on Brightspace.
Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory for:
MA Middle Eastern Studies students: the number of places is limited and the principle is first come, first served. Priority is given to students who started with the MA programme in 2023-2024.
MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) students who opt for the Research MA version of the course. The number of places is limited and the principle is first come, first served.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.
Students from the other MA programmes listed under Part of in the information bar on the right, need to contact their study adviser for information on the enrolment procedure. After admission they will be registered by the Education Administration Office Vrieshof.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the information bar on the right.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: De Vrieshof.
Please note that the additional course information is an integral part of this course description.