MES4500 – Topics in Middle East Politics and Society I
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Topic spring 2021: GreenMENA
This course focuses on one or more central topics in the field of Middle East politics and society. These topics are predominantly related to past or ongoing research activities in the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages such as democratization, state-society relations, Islamist movements, minorities, ethno-nationalist conflicts, insurgencies, gender issues, climate change, and the use of social media in the Middle East and North Africa.
The specific topic of the course will be announced before the semester starts, and the course does not overlap with MES4520 – Topics in Middle East Politics and Society II.
Examples of courses that has been given in MES4500:
The course is based on the reading, analysis and discussion of sources in English and, whenever possible, in a Middle Eastern language. You will learn to:
- analyze primary sources in English translation (or Arabic/Persian/Turkish original for those who know the language)
- present of your own analysis of texts for an audience
- write an academic essay built on both original and secondary sources - a good preparation for work on your MA thesis
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Please see the admission requirements defined by the programme option Middle East Studies.
Spring 2021: Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19.
A detailed plan for the semester will show which activities will be digital.
There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching in the spring of 2021, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.
The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars organised as 10 classes of 2 hours each throughout the semester. The course presupposes active participation.
- Two oral class presentations of about 15 minutes introducing some of the required reading, accompanied by a written bullet-point handout clarifying the authors’ main arguments and posing a number of questions to the literature.
- A draft of the term paper. The draft is to be submitted in Canvas within a given deadline.
Compulsory tuition activities must be completed and submitted within the given deadlines, and approved by the teacher in order for you to sit the exam. Approved tuition activities are only valid for the current semester.
The exam in MES4500 is a term paper of 8-10 pages, not counting front page and references. The subject of the paper must be relevant to the course and approved by the lecturer.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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
Resit an examination
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
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.