Postgraduate Course: Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East (IMES11003)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Contextualise and explain the main ideological and political developments in the Middle East since WWII, making reference to specific case studies where necessary.
- Analyse key topics in Middle Eastern politics with the use of appropriate theoretical/conceptual tools and empirical support.
- Critically evaluate and contrast scholarly and other writings on relevant topics, including their approach, methodology and sources.
- Identify and assess contributions made by various disciplines to scholarship, both past and more recent, on Middle Eastern politics.
- Apply the above for independent research related to the topics and themes of this course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Elvire Corboz
|Course secretary||Ms Monique Brough
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618