Undergraduate Course: Politics of the Middle East (PLIT10036)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the politics of the Middle East. This will include: an analysis of the growth and nature of the state in the Middle East; the prevalence of authoritarianism, neo-patrimonialism and processes towards democratisation: the salience of Arab nationalism and Islamism: the roots of some of the conflicts in the region, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict; the latest Arab revolutions; and the rise of Islamism.
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 Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, 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)
||1500 word reflective book review (30%)
2500 word essay (60%)
Tutorial participation (10%)
||Prior to the essay, students will have received formative feedback on their book review.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- have a basic understanding of the politics of the Middle East
- have an analytical awareness of the differing forms of state and state power in the region: an understanding of the some of the major conflicts of the region and the role of external powers
- gain an enhancement of presentation skills though oral presentations
- receive a formative (coursework) and summative (examination) assessment of student's knowledge.
|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 Jamie Allinson
|Course secretary||Ms Ieva Rascikaite