SOAS University of London

Academic Summer School at SOAS

Gender, Conflict and the Middle East

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


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Session 2: 2 July -  20 July 2018

Programme Description 

This course offers insight into key issues in the study of gender, state and violence in the Middle East. The course provides a focus for students interested in feminism and masculinity studies, sexuality and gender, while also offering a gendered approach to the study of state-building and violence in the Middle East. Through lectures, readings, discussions and activities, the course will introduce key issues in relation to the gendered dynamics of participation, the legal responses to women and men, peace and security and nature of gendered insecurities, but will also cover other relevant issues such as representation, knowledge production and artistic productions. In highlighting important issues in the study of gender, state and violence in the Middle East, the course aims to challenge prevailing stereotypes about gender and its constructions of masculinities and femininities in the region, while fostering critical reflection via the use of multimedia, in-depth case studies and cross disciplinary materials.

Tuition Fees

A tuition fee of £1600 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.


20% discount for our partner institutions
50% discount for current SOAS students


Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS halls of residence, Dinwiddy House. For more details of how to book a room please visit the Dinwiddy House 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 Enquiries 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. 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). 

Optional activities: The Summer School office will arrange various social activites throughout the 3 weeks. On spcified Fridays there will be a range of optional activities for students to get involved with, providing a taste of SOAS life on campus and nearby places of interest.

Week 1: Forces shaping the Middle East

  • Orientalism, Imperialism and Colonialism
  • Legal Responses to Gender and Conflict
  • Knowledge Production and Geopolitics in the Region

Week 2: Gendered conflict

  • Gendering Violence in the Middle East, focus Iraq
  • Feminism(s) and Body Politics
  • Women's Legal Activism: the case of Palestine

 Week 3: Transition and Transformation

  • Gendering Protection, State-building and (In) Security
  • Case Study: Militarizing the State - National Service in the Qatari and Emirati Militaries
  • Transnational, Transregional and Local Feminist Approaches

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.


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand key issues and debates within the study of gender, state and violence in the Middle East;
  • Be aware of the variety of empirical realities and conditions of everyday life 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;
  • Understand the legal, political and social responses to conflict and the gendered dimensions of responses.


How to Apply

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Entry Requirements

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

  • A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age.
    Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
  • 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.

Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don’t meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS – please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application

Application Procedure

Once you have paid the £40 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

15 June 2018

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