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Gender and Politics in the Middle East

  • Overview
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • How to Apply


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Session 2: 4 July - 22 July 2016

Programme Description

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.

This course is co-taught by Akanksha Mehta, Professor Nadje Al-Ali and Dr Afaf Jabiri.


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 visit our accommodation page.


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.

Social Programme

You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and an optional river cruise on the Thames for a small additional charge. Details about how to book will be communicated to you once you are registered. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends.


For more information please fill out our enquiry form


Contact hours: 46 hours (lectures, tutorials, activities). The course will be delivered Monday - Friday over the 3 weeks.

Core hours: Monday - Thursday 10am-3pm, and 2 hours on one specified Friday over the 3 weeks.

Optional hours: In addition to regular lectures and tutorials, each course is composed of a range of 'activities' relating to their academic content (e.g. museum visit, company visit etc). On Fridays, all courses open up one of their activities to all summer school students and these are optional. For example, if you have been studying a Development course, you may choose to join an activity belonging to a Politics, Economics and Environment course. All activities will be staggered throughout the day so that you have a chance to take as many as possible. Please note however that the Friday activity relating to the course you are registered on is compulsory.

Week 1: Forces shaping the Middle East

  • Orientalism
  • Colonialism & imperialism
  • New media & representation

Week 2: Politics, state & society in focus

  • Politics & participation in the Middle East
  • Invasion, occupation & the new Iraq
  • Gender and anti-colonial resistance in Palestine

Week 3: Transition & transformation

  • Feminism & women’s movements
  • Gendering political protest & transformation
  • The politics of disengagement
  • Final Session: imagining new political futures

Assessment: is optional and will be in the form of a 2000-2500 word essay to be handed in 2 weeks after the end of the course (80% of overall mark) students will also be graded on their participation in class discussions, seminars & tutorials (20% of overall mark).


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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.


How to Apply

Entry Requirements

In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • Participants have to be 18 or over at the time of attendance.
  • A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
    • IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all sub scores.
    • TOEFL Paper based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills. 
    • Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
    • If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
    • Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
    • Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject based courses with English language support.

Application Procedure

Once you have paid the £60 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.

Application Deadline

Session 2 is 15 June

Session 3 is 4 July

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