Middle Eastern Studies: Debating a Discipline, 7.5 credits

About the education

This course provides an introduction to Middle Eastern studies as an interdisciplinary practice, by highlighting the historical development of the field and its relation to other area studies in the humanities and social sciences, as well as the historical links between the field and other academic disciplines and theoretical perspectives, such as anthropology and postcolonial theory.

The course also highlights contemporary debates within the field, with particular focus on historiographical and methodological discussions. The underlying aim of the course is to examine the extent to which Western social science theories and narratives of Western modernity are suitable for the study of non-Western societies, by examining a wide range of historiographical traditions, theoretical paradigms and methodological debates that so far has shaped Middle Eastern Studies. In connection to this the course will also deal with topics such as fundamentalism, secularism, modernity, patrimonialism, authoritarianism, and transition to democracy.

Subject: Middle East and North African Studies

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are regions in transition.

With an increased interest in democracy, economic reforms and a growing trade with the outside world, the region is more relevant than ever. In Sweden there is also a large number of immigrants from the region, which contributes to an increased awareness of the developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

As a trading partner the region is important and there is a need for people who not only specialize in for example finance and media, but also are familiar with MENA's history and culture.

Middle Eastern and North African Studies can be taken from beginner's level to undergraduate and graduate level. All lectures are generally held in the evenings and all courses can be taken as online courses, with certain attendance requirements at the higher levels. Studies can also be combined with studies in Arabic.

In addition to this, introductory courses in Persian and Hebrew are given.

Middle Eastern and North African Studies are especially relevant for those who want to work, or already have a job, in a field such as public administration, industry, commerce, media and tourism, where knowledge of Middle Eastern and North African culture and politics is required.

Area of interest: Language and Linguistics

Languages open doors to other cultures, experiences, business contacts and collaboration between countries. At Stockholm University you can study nearly 30 different languages. You can also delve into more theoretical subjects such as Linguistics and Bilingualism.

Language and Linguistics studies can lead to a large variety of professions within teaching, research and industry, the public sector, trade and tourism, and other areas.