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Postgraduate Course: Egyptian Politics and International Relations (PGSP11387)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAs the Arab world's most populous country and home to many of the region's more significant political and ideological movements, Egyptian politics and foreign policy have had substantial influence beyond the country's borders. The events of the Arab Spring have brought Egyptian internal politics to world attention for the first time since the days of Gamal Abdel Nasser. The outbreak and then apparent failure of the 25 January 2011 revolution has had powerful ripples throughout the Middle East and beyond. An understanding of the politics and sociology of Egypt is essential to contextualising such events. Egypt is also an ideal case study for exploring issues related to authoritarianism, populism, informal politics and the interplay between economic development and politics in the non-Western world.
Course description Lecture outline:

Week 1: The formation of the Egyptian state up to the revolution of 1919

Week 2: The emergence of popular political movements

Week 3: Nasser's state: populism, corporatism and charismatic leadership

Week 4: Anwar Sadat and the politics and economic liberalisation

Week 5: Mubarak's Egypt

Week 6: Political Islam

Week 7: Foreign policy

Week 8: Clientalism and informal politics

Week 9: Protest movements

Week 10: A new Egypt?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a critical knowledge of Egyptian politics and sociology
- Evaluate contending approaches to Egyptian politics and international relations
- Demonstrate familiarity with a range of theoretical approaches to Egyptian politics and international relations
- Be able to place contemporary political dynamics in Egypt within a broader historical, social and political context
-Be able to analyse current Egyptian politics and international relations using social scientific tools
Reading List
Indicative readings:

Brownlee, Jason. Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization. Cambridge [England]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Deeb, Marius. "Arab Republic of Egypt." In The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by David E Long and Bernard Reich, 340-369. 4th ed. Oxford: Westview, 2002.
Kandil, Hazem. Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypt's Road to Revolt, 2012. (Owen, Roger. State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East (Routledge, 2004).
Kassem, Maye. Egyptian Politics: The Dynamics of Authoritarian Rule (Boulder, C.O.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004).
Henry, Clement M. Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East. Second edition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
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Course organiserDr Ewan Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 4264
Course secretaryMrs Casey Behringer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2456
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