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Postgraduate Course: Political Islam in the Middle East (PGSP11298)

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 rise of political Islam across the Middle East has been one of the most consequential developments in regional politics for at least the last 40 years, and has only grown in importance in the wake of the Arab uprisings that began in late 2010. This course examines political Islam, or 'Islamism', as a complex phenomenon affecting, and impacted by, international relations in the Middle East and globally. It analyses a range of International Relations and Comparative Politics approaches to political Islam as a domestic, international and transnational phenomenon, while also focussing on the diversity of Islamist manifestations in key regional states, particularly Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Course description The course is delivered via weekly 2-hour seminar, where the emphasis is on discussion and collective exploration of the topic, rather than lecturing. Topics to be covered will include the salience of sectarianism; the role of ideology; Islamism as a transnational social movement; the roots and explanations for Islamist violence; Islamism and secularism; Islamism in the context of globalisation, imperialism and democratic transition; and the linkages between local, national and international modalities of Islamist activism. Students can expect to develop a nuanced understanding of Islamist movements and be able to analyse them within the conceptual frameworks of IR and Comparative Politics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
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) Presentation + book review (25%) and Research Essay (75%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a detailed knowledge of the main trends of political Islam in the Middle East
  2. Have an ability to analyse political Islam using theories of International Relations and Comparative Politics
  3. Have a critical understanding of diverse scholarly and political approaches to political Islam in the Middle East
  4. Have an ability to discuss and debate political Islam in the context of Middle East politics and International Relations more broadly
  5. Have an nuanced understanding of links between manifestations of Islamism at local, national, regional and global levels
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Weekly 2-hour seminar
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Ewan Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 4264
Course secretaryMrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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