Postgraduate Course: Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East (IMES11003)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Since the age of European colonial rule in the Middle East came to an end around the Second World War, nominally independent nation-states in the Middle East have tried to negotiate the opportunities and challenges of the Cold War, regional conflict and co-operation, underdevelopment, and more recently, globalisation. This course takes up the study of this rich politics through addressing a number of key issues: state-building, pan-Arabism, Islamic revivalism, informal politics, popular protests, and the dialectic relationship between liberalisation and authoritarianism.
Week 2 a. Introduction
b. The Middle East: definition and approaches
Week 3 The establishment of the post-colonial state
Week 4 Radical Challenges
a. Arab Nationalism
b. Socialism & Communism
Week 5 Political Islam
Week 6 Beyond legitimacy: coercion, cult of personality, and corruption
Week 7 Presentation of Essay Topics
Week 8 Defensive liberalisation: political and economic reforms
Week 9 Protests and revolutions in the post-Cold War era
Week 10 Pre-political bonds: Ethnies, sects and tribes
Week 11 The subalterns: women, workers and the unemployed
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 19,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Class presentation and participation (25%)
1,500 word minor assignment (25%)
2,500 word final assignment (50%)
||Group presentations - Oral comments from lecturer and from fellow students. Written comments on Learn.
1 essay of 2500 words - Peer group discussion within class. Detailed written feedback from the essay marker.
1 short paper of 1500 words - Detailed written feedback from the essay marker.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the main trends and issues in post-1945 Middle East politics.
- Critically evaluate methods and approaches used in this field by historians and political scientists.
- Contextualise current developments in the region with regard to their historical context, and to analyse them through the appropriate conceptual tools.
- Conduct systematic research in secondary and primary sources, and to explain the successive steps of that research.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Thomas Pierret
Tel: (0131 6)50 4148
|Course secretary||Mrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465