MES4010 – Readings in Middle East Studies

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Course content

This reading course is designed to meet individual needs of Master’s students within the programme option Middle East Studies.

In consultation with a course teacher, participants compile their own reading list on a subject area related to the topic of their planned Master’s thesis. The choice of literature must provide a good general basis of information on the subject matter and its significance within a wider context by covering a variety of thematic issues, theoretical perspectives, and methodological approaches. Basic introductions cannot be included. The reading list should amount to around 1,000 pages, and should include works in English and in Middle Eastern languages.

If the subject area is closely related to lower level courses, the reading list must be more advanced (representing in-depth theoretical or thematic study). The reading list cannot include literature that has been used at earlier levels.

The reading list must be approved by the course teacher. The course should normally be taken during the first year of the Master’s degree programme.

Learning outcome

Participants learn to:

  • Critically read and analyze research literature and formulate an interpretation of the issues and arguments presented in the literature
  • Summarize and present a research debate in an independent and reflective manner.


This course is only availabe for students admitted to the programme option Middle East Studies.


Teaching throughout the semester is provided in the form of guidance, either in groups or individually.


Term paper, to be submitted in Canvas. The subject of the paper should be relevant to your thesis and approved by your tutor. The term paper should be between 8-10 pages, not counting front page and references.

Information regarding submission of assignments at IKOS.

Grading guidelines spring 2019

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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