United Kingdom, London

Gender and Politics in the Middle East

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course offers in-depth insight into key issues in the study of gender and politics in the Middle East. It provides a specific area focus for students interested in women’s studies, feminism, sexuality and gender, but also provides a gendered approach to the study of politics and society for students interested in Middle East societies, politics and media. Through lectures, readings, discussions and activities, the course addresses current debates and processes linked to governance and political participation, Orientalism, colonialism and imperialism, nationalism, militarism and conflict, political activism and transformation, but will also cover other relevant issues such as representation, imagination and artistic productions. In highlighting important issues in the study of gender and politics in the Middle East, the course aims to challenge prevailing stereotypes about women and gender in the region, while fostering critical reflection and political engagement among students.

As part of the course, students will be able to enjoy activities such as a trips to the British Museum and the Mosaic Rooms.

Course leader

Professor Nadje Al-Ali, Dr Afaf Jabiri and Akanksha Mehta

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of this course, a student will:

Understand key issues and debates within the study of gender and politics in the Middle East;
Be aware of the variety of empirical realities and conditions of everyday life, politics and gender relations in the Middle East;
Be able to conduct gender analysis and analyse the relationship between gender and politics across and within a range of Middle Eastern contexts;
Have challenged stereotypical ideas about women and gender in the Middle East.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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