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Postgraduate Course: Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East (IMES11003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySince 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.
Course description The outline below offers an indication of course content, which is liable to vary year on year.

Week 2: Introduction to the region and to the study of the region
Week 3: The post-colonial states, their political structure, and their economies
Week 4: Arab nationalism and related ideologies
Week 5: Political Islam (I) Self-proclaimed Islamic states
Week 6: Political Islam (II) Islamist movements
Week 7: Authoritarianism (I) Defensive liberalisation
Week 8: Authoritarianism (II) The coercive apparatus before and beyond the Arab Spring
Week 9: Politics from below
Week 10: Gender politics
Week 11: Identity politics
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 175 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 75 %, Practical Exam 25 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class presentation and participation (25%)
1,500 word minor assignment (25%)
2,500 word final assignment (50%)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the main trends and issues in post-1945 Middle East politics.
  2. Critically evaluate methods and approaches used in this field by historians and political scientists.
  3. Contextualise current developments in the region with regard to their historical context, and to analyse them through the appropriate conceptual tools.
  4. Conduct systematic research in secondary and primary sources, and to explain the successive steps of that research.
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Course organiserDr Elvire Corboz
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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