MES4520 – Topics in Middle East Politics and Society II

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Course content

Topic Spring 2022: "Jihadist insurgencies and proto-states in the contemporary MENA region"

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 and may include topics such as democratization, state-society relations, Islamist movements, minorities, ethno-nationalist conflicts, insurgencies, gender issues, and the use of social media in the Middle East.

The course does not overlap with MES4500 – Topics in Middle East Politics and Society I.

Examples of topics that have been given in MES4520:

Learning outcome

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

Admission

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.

Teaching

Spring 2022: the course is taught digitally in Zoom. 

The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars organised as 14 classes of 2 hours each throughout the semester. The course presupposes active participation. 

Compulsory activities

  • Oral presentation of 12-15 minutes at one of the seminars. The presentation should include a powerpoint presentation and lecture notes, to be submitted one day in advance.

  • Term paper no. 1: A draft of a short term paper (4 page in it's final version) on a topic specified by the instructor.
  • Term paper no. 2: A draft of a long term paper (10 pages in it's final version) on a topic chosen by the student. The choice must be approved by the teacher.

The drafts for the two term papers should be at least two pages long and must include a working title, a research question, a tentative outline of the argument, and a bibliography. Remember that the topics of the two term papers and the oral presentation must all be different. The drafts are to be submitted in Canvas.

Approved compulsory activities are only valid for the current semester.

Valid absence

If you have valid absence from the compulsory activity, you must submit an application and hand in documentation. 

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activity.

Examination

This course is evaluated by a portfolio submission. The portfolio consists of three parts: a short term paper (4 pages), a long term paper (10 pages), and power point presentation with lecture notes.

The compulsory activities must be completed and approved in order to take the exam. 

Grading guidelines 

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

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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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

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.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every spring

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English