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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Politics

Undergraduate Course: Politics of the Middle East (PLIT10036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004) OR Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists (PLIT08012) OR Politics and International Relations 1A: Concepts and Debates (PLIT08017)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have not taken Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004) OR Politics in a Changing World (PLIT08012), but have taken a similar course, should contact the Course Organiser to confirm if they are eligible to take this course.
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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 177 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1500 word reflective book review (30%)
2500 word essay (60%)
Tutorial participation (10%)
Feedback Prior to the essay, students will have received formative feedback on their book review.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have a basic understanding of the politics of the Middle East
  2. 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
  3. gain an enhancement of presentation skills though oral presentations
  4. receive a formative (coursework) and summative (examination) assessment of student's knowledge.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus 1 hr tutorial per week
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Jamie Allinson
Tel:
Email: J.Allinson@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Ieva Rascikaite
Tel:
Email: irascika@ed.ac.uk
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