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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Course: Modern Middle Eastern History B: Postwar Independence and Conflict (IMES08037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introduction to the political, economic, social and cultural history of the Middle East from 1950 to the present. It covers the coming to independence of nation-states in the region after the Second World War and examines the subsequent domestic and regional conflicts, ranging from nationalism, statism and socialism to Islamism and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Course description This course examines the history of the Middle East over the period from the end of World War II until the present, exploring the impact of nationalism, socialism, and Islamism on the development of the state, the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the challenges of the Arab Spring.
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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  138
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 55 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 5 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2-hour exam (55%)
One essay of 2,000 words (30%)
One mid-semester test (10%)
Tutorial participation (5%)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify, describe and explain trends and events in the Middle East of the period c.1950 to the present.
  2. Identify, critique and interrogate the secondary literature relating to that period
  3. Incorporate primary sources in translation into analyses of trends and events in the period in question.
  4. Participate effectively in informed debates and present arguments in a variety of formats both written and oral form.
  5. Critique academic methodologies.
Reading List
William L. Cleveland and Martin Bunton, A History of the Modern Middle East, 6th ed., Boulder: Westview, 2016.

Mark Gasiorowski and Sean L. Yom (eds), The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 8th ed., Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2002.

Pappé, Ilan, The Modern Middle East, A Social and Cultural History, 3rd ed., London & New York: Routledge, 2014.

Malcolm Yapp, The Making of the Modern Middle East 1798-1923, London: Longman, 1987.
____________, The Near East since the First World War, 2nd edit., London: Longman, 1996.

Erik J. Zürcher, Turkey, A Modern History, 3rd ed., London: IB Tauris, 2004.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus tutorials
Course organiserDr Anthony Gorman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4183
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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