Undergraduate Course: Political Islam (PLIT10089)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course provides an introduction to political Islam as a social and political phenomenon in the contemporary Middle East. It examines conflicting definitions of political Islam; debates on its compatibility with democracy; its intellectual, social and historical roots; its relationship to violence and its implications for international relations and world order. These questions are explored via lectures and tutorials discussing a number of case studies as well as broader thematic issues.
The rise of political Islam across the Middle East, and beyond, has been one of the most consequential developments in regional politics for at least the last 40 years. In recent years violent Islamism, such as that of the Islamic State, has grabbed the headlines, but political Islam is a diverse and multifaceted phenomenon, most of whose adherents do not pursue violent strategies. This course examines political Islam, or 'Islamism', as a complex and contested political phenomenon. It provides a historical background to some of Islamism┐s most important manifestations in the Middle East before focussing on more contemporary developments and dynamics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Tutorial participation: 10%
Short essay (1500 words): 30%
Long essay (3000 words): 60%
|No Exam Information
| 1. Detailed knowledge of the main trends of political Islam in the Middle East
2. Ability to relate the ideological aspects of political Islam to political context
3. Critical understanding of different scholarly approaches and perspectives on political Islam
4. Ability to discuss and debate political Islam with reference to broad academic literature on the topic.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Plus 1 hr tutorial per week
|Course organiser||Dr Ewan Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 4264
|Course secretary||Mr Colin Arthur
Tel: (01316)51 3162