The Middle East: History, Society and Islam (UTVB3141)

Bachelor's course
For exchange students

The course aims at giving the students a basic but broad understanding of the history of the region, current social, political and economic conditions, and the relevance of Islam in the contemporary Middle East.

  • Admission requirements

    The course is open to international students on an exchange programme who have completed at least a one-year introductory course in Development Studies or equivalent courses within social sciences.

  • How to apply

    International exchange students select courses when applying for exchange.

    Application deadline for international students on an exchange programme (e.g. Erasmus): 15 April.

  • Content

    The course will take a cross-disciplinary and research-based approach to the history and culture of the Middle East and Islam, emphasising political history and the developments of political thought within the Islamic context. In relation to modern history there will be an emphasis on anti-colonial and anti-imperialist movements and struggles. In describing the contemporary Middle East, socio-economic conditions will be focused along with presentations of the political situation. The relevance and importance of Islam in some of its political interpretations and Islamism as political and social movements in the current situation will be highlighted.

  • Course description

    For more information about this course, take a look at the course description (

  • Costs

    There is no semester fee for exchange students.

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