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Postgraduate Course: The Middle East in International Relations (PGSP11275)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe main aims of this course are to: 1) provide substantive knowledge on the international relations of the Middle East (ME); 2) familiarise students with International Relations theories and their applicability to the ME; and 3) familiarise students with the foreign policies of states and non-state actors in the Middle East. The course divides will provide an an introduction to the ME and a historical examination of the origins of the state and state-system in the ME. It will examine the main theoretical approaches and conceptual tools relating to the study of ME International Relations. Part 3 will look into the particular patterns of state-society interactions and geopolitics in the region, including so-called ┐rentier states┐, oil monarchies, authoritarian republics and ┐consociational┐ states. The course will then examine the cases of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the interaction of revolution, counter-revolution and geopolitics in the region since 2011.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs N/A
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  55
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are two components of assessment for this course. Firstly, students will need to write a 3000-word essay; students can choose to answer one of 5 pre-assigned research questions. The essay forms 60 % of the total grade.

Secondly, students will be required to write a review on a book that is related to ME politics in general, or to the themes discussed in this course in particular. The book review should be 1,500 word and forms 40% of the total grade.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a substantive and academically informed understanding of the Middle East international relations
  2. Have an understanding of International Relations theories pertaining to the region
  3. Develop an independent and critical knowledge of ME politics
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). In addition to lectures there is a 1-hour seminar per week
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Course organiserDr Jamie Allinson
Course secretaryMrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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