• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Minerva Nasser-Eddine
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This interdisciplinary course will examine the emergence of the modern Middle East.  It will be organised thematically rather than chronologically and its aim is to acquaint beginning students with the major historical, religious, social, economic, and political dimensions of the Middle East. 

Students will be exposed to lectures and a variety of readings that cover such topics as the construction of identities, the place of tradition and history, the impact of imperialism, the development of nationalism, and the reasons for revolution and conflict in the region.  The course will also look at the contemporary challenges of globalisation, religious radicalisation, democratisation, and transnational terrorism.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the  important events, places, and time periods in the development of the modern Middle East. 
  2. Demonstrate an ability to comprehend  historical and political developments &   how they  relate to underlying cultural, social, and religious trends in the region and to broader forces such as imperialism, conflict, and radicalism. 
  3. Critically analyse some of the developments in the modern Middle East and   to question whether these trends and forces make the Middle East unique or exceptional. 
  4. Demonstrate the capacity to develop evidence based argument & evaluation by  drawing on specific historical and contemporary examples, and by evaluating  differing perspectives on key Middle Eastern issues. 
  5. Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.
This course also aims to achieve the following generic learning outcomes:
6. Prioritising material:  Students will learn how to manage a large amount of empirical material and order it in a comprehensible manner.
7. Synthesis:  Students will be able to draw on the material presented in lectures and the readings to make connections and draw conclusions.
8. Critical thinking:  Students will learn how to look at contested interpretations of history, culture, and politics and to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. 
9. Communication:  Through tutorials and essays, students will learn how to present their ideas, both verbally and in writing, in a structured and clear way.

Other Information

This course may be counted towards a Development Studies major.

Indicative Assessment

Group exercise (750-1000 words per participant) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-9]

Essay (2000-2500 words) (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

End of Semester Examination (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Tutorial Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-9]

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1 x 2 hour lecture plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks, and an additional 7 hours per week private study.

Students are expected to spend an average of seven hours per week – outside of direct contact hours – preparing for tutorials, discussing, researching & writing the group assignment and essay, and preparing for the course exam. 

Preliminary Reading

Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples; Mehran Kamrava, The Modern Middle East




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
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2009 $3240
2008 $3240
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2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3480 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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