MES4610 – Voices from the Middle East: How to Communicate Research Results

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Course content

In this course you will be trained in communicating your research to a general, non-academic public. You will work individually on a presentation related to your research interests, preferably with materials collected for your master's thesis. The presentation should ideally complement or even challenge common knowledge on Middle Eastern societies, histories or culture.

You will compile and edit information from original sources, mainly in your language of specialization. You wil then prepare a presentation with the guidance of your academic supervisor. Formats for presentation of these “Voices from the Middle East” may be, for example, a newspaper article, a commentary, an interactive figure/illustration/database, or a review article. The presentation will be published online on the UiO IKOS “The New Middle East Blog” or another suitable online outlet, and will – if possible – be fed into professional media or other public fora through contacts established by the supervisor or the participant.

You should take this course in conjunction with MES4020 – Field Work in the Middle East.

Learning outcome

You will be provided with an opportunity to practice how to make your academic research interests relevant and accessible to a general audience. Aiming to enrich common knowledge and public debates on the Middle East, you are encouraged to apply your expertise in a more concrete way than in academic papers and to explain your ideas in a non-technical language. By working with media oriented towards a general audience, you will acquire editing and communication skills that constitute some of the basic abilities expected from graduates in various future job situations. 


This course only admits students from Asia and Middle East Studies, programme option Middle East Studies.

Students should have completed their first year of studies in the programme option before signing up for this course.


Autumn 2020: 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, and this will be updated by the beginning of August.

There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching which is done digitally, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.

There is no classroom instruction in this course. Your primary point of contact will be your academic supervisor, who will assist and guide your data collection and provide individualized advice regarding methodology.

In place of a classroom, the course will have a Canvas room where you will submit your obligatory papers. In the Canvas room you will find both a discussion forum and announcements concerning the course.

You are advised to communicate with your supervisor at least once a month throughout the semester.

Compulsory tuition activities

  1. A 3-4-page process reflection text that engages with at least one of the syllabus texts and explains the your choice of presentation theme, presentation format, the materials you intend to use and your intended audience of the final presentation.
  2. A draft of your final presentation.

These two texts must be submitted in Canvas by the given deadline. They must be approved by your academic supervisor in order for you to qualify for the final exam.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance 

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Compulsory tuition activities must be submitted and approved by your academic supervisor in order to qualify for the final exam, see 'Teaching' above.

Your final presentation paper should be uploaded in Inspera by the given deadline. Students may then, in consultation with their advisors, choose to publish their presentation text on the IKOS website or in a media outlet.

Grading guidelines Fall 2018

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.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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