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Power and Resistance in the Modern Middle East (ResMA)

Course
2019-2020

Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Middle Eastern Studies (Research). Students of other programmes are kindly referred to the regular MA course.

Description

This course is a bottom-up sociopolitical history of the modern Middle East from the mid-nineteenth century to today. We explore Middle Easterners’ every-day interactions with the state, struggles against state power, anti-colonial resistance, struggles for national liberation and against occupation, civil wars, and revolutions. In doing so, we will investigate how people both fight against and preserve the status quo and discuss the complex relationships between power and resistance. Related, we will inquire whether common experiences, through political struggles or other processes, create new collective identities, and address how national memory is formed and changed.

Course objectives

  • To encourage students to think critically about the causes, uses, effects, and locations of power and resistance.

  • To consider the changing daily interactions between the state and its inhabitants.

  • To familiarize students with past struggles that continue to play a role in the Middle East today.

  • To help students critically engage with scientific literature and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various theoretical approaches.

  • To help students improve their capacity to present ideas orally and in written form.

Timetable

Timetable

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Students are required to attend all lectures, participate actively in class discussion and prepare the assigned reading for all sessions. If you cannot attend a class for a good reason (i.e. unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.), you are expected to inform the convener beforehand. It is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is one. Being absent without notification and/or more than one time can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

Total course load (10 EC x 28 hours) 280 hours
2 contact hours per week (13×2 hrs) 26 hours
Extra contact hours for Research MA students 6 hours
Preparation for each class 138 hours
Assignments 55 hours
Final paper 55 hours

Assessment method

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations). It is also unacceptable for students to reuse portions of texts they had previously authored and have already received academic credit for on this or other courses. In such cases, students are welcome to self-cite so as to minimise overlap between prior and new work.

Students must submit their assignment(s) to the blackboard through turnitin, so they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Weighing
Participation 25%
Assignments 40%
Final paper of max 3,000 words 35%

The final paper is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version will lose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version. (The paper deadline mentioned in uSis is a fictional date for administration purposes only. The actual date will be communicated by the convenor of the course.)

Late submissions of the final version will result in a deduction of paper grades as follows: 1-24 hs late = -0.5; 24-48 hs late = -1.0; 48-72 hs late = -1.5; 72-96 hs late = -2.0. Submissions more than 96 hours late, including weekends, will receive a failing grade, in casu a 1.0 for this partial assessment.

The final mark for this course is formed by the weighted average.

In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.

The course is an integrated whole. All assessment parts must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

Resit

Only if the total weighted average is insufficient (5.49 or lower), the insufficient grade is the result of an insufficient paper (including papers handed in more than 96 hours after the deadline), a re-sit of the paper is possible (35%). In that case the convener of the course may decide to assign a (new) topic. The deadline for this version will be determined in consultation.

A re-sit of the other components is not possible

Exam review

How and when a term paper review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the course results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the course results, a term paper review will be organized.

Blackboard

Blackboard

Note: there is no separate Blackboard page available for this ResMa course. Please subscribe to the Blackboard page of the regular MA course.

Reading list

Selected readings (check the course syllabus on Blackboard).

Registration

Students MA Middle Eastern Studies

Students are required to register through uSis starting from 1 December. The number of places is limited and the principle is first come, first served. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “USIS-Actnbr.”. You can also have a look at the FAQ. (Tip: use the search term “uSis”.)

Not being registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the webpage on course and exam enrolment for registration deadlines and more information on uSis in Dutch and English.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact information

Dr. Tsolin Nalbantian

Remarks

Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.