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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA Politics and International Relations of the Middle East

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Politics and International Relations of the Middle East Programme codePTA1HPSHPS65
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme is designed to help you develop a sophisticated understanding of international relations in the region through knowledge of the foreign policies of Middle Eastern states, typical regional patterns of conflict and order, and the processes and practices which characterise the relations and interaction of state and sub-state elements. You have the opportunity to take a beginners' level module in Persian, Arabic or Kurdish as part of this Masters programme.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the key concepts and principal mainstream approaches to international relations
2. To provide a sophisticated understanding of international relations in the Middle East
3. To produce graduates who are highly competent in subject-specific, core academic, and personal and key skills
4. To offer students a wide choice of option modules to enable them to construct a coherent programme of study that matches their interests and needs

4. Programme Structure

You may study over 12 months as a full-time student, or 24 months as a part-time student.

Teaching takes place over two terms (October to April) followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September) - this will be the summer of your second year if you choose to study as a part-time student.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

IAIS Modules - https://arabislamicstudies.exeter.ac.uk/current/postgraduatemodules/

Politics Modules - https://politics.exeter.ac.uk/students/postgraduatemodules_exeter/

 

The programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is University-based throughout the period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total, and a supervised dissertation, incorporating dissertation skills taught sessions worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two semesters (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Each taught module is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules and options.

Please note that the modules offered are subject to change depending on staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30No
POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30No
POLM886 Dissertation 60No

Optional Modules

Students can choose 60 credits from a wide range of modules from either Politics or Arab and Islamic Studies

IAIS Modules - https://arabislamicstudies.exeter.ac.uk/current/postgraduatemodules/

Politics Modules - https://politics.exeter.ac.uk/students/postgraduatemodules_exeter/

 

Please note that modules are subject to change and not all modules are available across all programmes, this is due to timetable, module size constraints and availability

You can also take a beginner's (undergraduate level) language course in Arabic, Persian or Kurdish (subject to the modules running in each academic year):


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Show understanding of the patterns of state-society interaction in the region, and of the processes of state formation and of the constitution of social and political forces
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the key issues in contemporary Middle East politics, and an understanding of the actors, dynamics and trends in the politics of the region
3. Demonstrate awareness of the different debates about democracy and the dynamics of political reform within the Middle East and the Arab world
4. Read critically the literature relating to research in the politics of the Middle East, and evaluate government produced publications in the light of this reading

1 - 4 are developed through seminar discussion and assignments in the core modules, and applied in the dissertation.

1 - 4 are assessed through coursework assignments, and in particular through the dissertation

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Synthesise and comment critically on a body of academic writing
6. Make effective use of libraries and the world-wide web to find information
7. Reference sources accurately in written work to a professional standard
8. Plan, conduct and write up a substantial essay in the form of a dissertation to a set deadline

5 is developed through seminar work and assignments in all modules.
6 - 7 are developed through written assignments.
8 is developed through the dissertation module.

These skills are assessed through assessed assignments and the dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Think independently at an advanced level
10. Undertake independent/self-directed learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment
11. Reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses
12. Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials
13. Work as an individual on challenging material
14. Work as a participant or leader of a group and contribute effectively to the achievement of objectives
15. Use standard IT applications competently

9 - 11 are requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation module.
12 - 13 are core requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation.
14 is developed through seminar work on the taught modules.
15 is developed primarily through module assignments and the dissertation

9 - 11 are assessed in all modules by essay work, and by the dissertation.
12 - 13 are assessed on all modules through the essays that go to make up the portfolio on which the coursework is assessed, and in the dissertation.
14 is reflected in seminar work and presentations.
15 is assessed indirectly through coursework and the dissertation.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal tutor

You will be assigned a personal tutor when you arrive in the College, and you will be encouraged to remain in contact with them throughout the year(s) of your programme. In January you will have a self-appraisal meeting with your personal tutor, giving you a chance to discuss your experiences and academic work in an interview based on an pre-submitted self-appraisal form. At the end of the interview you and your tutor will agree on an ‘action plan’ to guide your work for the rest of the academic year.

Handbook

At registration you will be given a copy of the College MA Handbook, which provides information on academic and pastoral matters.

Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC)

The College PGT Staff Student Liaison Committee, which meets termly, represents the interests of all taught postgraduates in the College, including those taking this programme, who are eligible for election to it. It comprises student and staff representatives and is chaired by a student member elected by the SSLC.

Library services

Our main library is one of only five UK academic libraries open 24/7 throughout the academic year. With a bookstock in excess of 1.2 million, we have one of the highest UK academic library ratios of books to students. The main library offers self-service machines, state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, and an extended wifi network. In addition, the library is currently undergoing a £5.8million redevelopment, which is due to complete in 2011 and will provide world-class study facilities to all students. The library has extensive holdings of works on political science, international relations and the various sub-disciplines. 

Each subject area has subject support specialists who offer a comprehensive programme of training on information search techniques, information resources in your subject area, journal and database searches, as well as drop-in sessions and surgeries. The library support specialists for Politics are Afzal Hassan and Rosie Sellwood. For dissertation work in particular students are encouraged to also use libraries and archives outside of Exeter, for which letters of introduction are written as necessary.

International students also benefit from the advice of the Library International Officer.

Other support services

The University provides a wide range of other support services in order to help you in any way possible during your study with us.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MA Politics and International Relations of the Middle East

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision