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141092 SE The Arab World in Modern Times: Political and Social Issues (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work



max. 24 participants
Language: German



Presently, the spring term is scheduled as a digital format.


Aims, contents and method of the course

In-depth understanding of political and social developments in the modern Arab World and familiarity with major theoretical approaches associated with them. Readings and discussion of Arabic primary sources. Readings and analyses will be focused on texts from the subject area of Arab minorities and diasporas, in order to acquire in-depth, encompassing and context-sensitive knowledge about important religious, social and political developments of the modern Arab world in this sphere.

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar paper, participation in discussions of assigned readings
In case of digital format: Due to the switch to home-learning students' active participation will be assessed on the basis of weekly submitted summaries (incl. reflections) of the assigned texts in the range of approx. 3 pages. Analogous to the obligatory nature of physical presence under normal conditions, these weekly submissions are likewise obligatory. Nevertheless three "absences" (i.e. non-submissions) will be tolerated.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirement for successful completion of the course is active participation and physical presence (3 absences will be tolerated), as well as the completion of a seminar paper (including possible reflection) in due time, in accordance with the demands of the lecturer and the guidelines of good scientific practice. Grading will be based on participation and the seminar paper at a 30:70 ratio.

Examination topics

Will be specified during the course

Reading list

Will be anounced in course of the seminar and be made available on moodle

Association in the course directory


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