So first of all I’m going to apologise for being absent for quite a while, I’ve been so pre-occupied with my Group Project module that literally everything else has left my brain! Trust me, it will happen to you at some point or another.
I thought I’d take this chance then to tell you about the module, particularly for those of you reading this who are in first year here at the University but also for those of you who are looking at studying history here and want a more detailed view of one of the modules that you will be required to take for a straight history degree.
Compared to first year, you get a lot more choice in the topics that you are studying, and this module is no different. Although it is considered a core module as everyone has to take it, you have some scope to choose from a range of topics, so you can decide which one you find most interesting.
Many aspects of history are covered in the different group projects and there are time periods ranging from the medieval to the present day, so it’s pretty much guaranteed that at least one of the topics will take your fancy. And if none of them do, choose something that you’ve never studied before, after all, part of the University experience is trying new things and putting yourself out of your comfort zone.
This is exactly what I chose to do for my group project: the topic that I am studying is Gender and Islam. And the reason I chose this is that I have never done anything like it before, and not surprisingly, due to this, it is one of the most difficult topics I have studied so far at University. I’ll only mention my topic briefly and will discuss the format of the module in much more detail (I’ll have to do this in another blog), but I have to mention not only how challenging I have found the subject, but also how fulfilling it has been to begin from scratch and build up a completely new knowledge base.
The Islamic religion is much more complex than I ever thought it would be and the ideas that we are dealing with in the project, as well as reaching back into the past, are also very current, making it work that has to be done with sensitivity and an open mind. It has opened my eyes to many aspects of muslim and Islamic life that I simply was not aware of before, so if it’s on the syllabus next year, or whenever you come to your second year, I’d definitely highly recommend it.
I’ll stop myself going on about Gender and Islam now as I could probably discuss it with you for hours. I’ll be back with some further information about the module, so if this has piqued your interest and you want to know some more about the logistics of the group project, I’ll see you on Friday!