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Postgraduate Course: Contemporary Issues in Middle East Politics (PGSP11578)

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
SummaryContemporary Issues in Middle East Politics provides in-depth analysis of politics and/or international relations in the Middle East as it relates to a particular state or issue of contemporary importance.

The question of Palestine: taking the question of Palestine as a starting point, this course develops a critical dictionary for approaching the question of Palestine in relation to some of the key events and political debates which have marked the history of the area.
Course description The course will be taught as a weekly two-hour seminar discussion based on set readings. In-class activities will vary, but may include lecture, open discussions, small group activities or presentations. Students will evidence achievement of learning outcomes through their participation in class as well as completion of the written assessments.

Students will explore and problematise some of the thorniest concepts and ideas which have been the object of struggle and contestation in the local and international political arena. These include (among others): Zionism, antisemitism, Nakba, occupation, settler colonialism, human rights, racial discrimination. In doing so, the course also offers an understanding of the key political roots and manifestations of the context of dispossession, human rights violations, and injustice one can observe in the area.

The last section of the course will examine the recent reports published by some of the most prominent Israeli, Palestinian and international human rights organisations (Al Haq, B┬┐Tselem, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International), which have accused Israel of establishing a regime of apartheid in the region. Students will discuss the applicability of the South African comparison, situating the framing of the situation in Palestine as one of apartheid (and its controversies) within broader international political debates.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary debates in a Middle East issue or case study, from both a theoretical and empirical perspective
  2. Students will have critical and detailed knowledge of specific areas and issues in relation to a Middle East issue or case study
  3. Critically engage with key explanatory theories, concepts, institutions and issues in the study of a Middle East issue or case study
  4. Have advanced ability to communicate complex issues in contemporary in Middle East politics
  5. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking, reflection and debate on relevant contemporary issues in Middle East politics
Reading List
These will depend on the country being taught
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Critical thinking, analytical and reading skills will be developed by deep engagement with the assigned readings
2. Advanced research skills will be developed by identifying and consulting with a wide range of sources in preparing the research paper
3. Effective written and oral communication skills will be developed by completing the assessments and class participation.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Nicola Perugini
Tel: (0131 6)51 5472
Course secretaryMrs Casey Behringer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2456
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