Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2090: Violence, Conflict and Religion in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


1.            Introduction to the module: “What is going on in the Middle East?”

2.            Drawing a line in the sand? 100 years since Sykes-Picot: the deal that changed the Middle East

3.            Making of the Modern Middle East: Nationalism

4.            Conflict and Violence: Ethnicity, Identity, and Religion

5.            Legacy of Colonialism and Foreign Meddling

6.            Economic Challenges

7.           Violence, Conflict, and Religion: the case studies


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities11Lectures and discussion facilitated by the convenor
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities11Seminars guided by questions and readings assigned by the convenor
Guided independent study37Reading and preparing for seminars
Guided independent study36Research and preparation of student-led seminar
Guided independent study15Researching and Preparing for examination practice
Guided independent study40Researching and Preparing for unseen examination

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


Institute for the Study of War- http://www.understandingwar.org/

Other Learning Resources

Syria: Reckoning (2013, Aljazeera)

ISIS: "Islamic" Extremism? (2014, Mojtaba Masood)