• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies

This course examines the evolution of state and society in the contemporary Middle East against the backdrop of the dynamics of relationships between oil, Islam, foreign intervention, domestic strife and intra-state conflict. The course is thematic in its approach and selective in its use of major events to illustrate its coverage. It emphasises the theme of change, continuity and conflict in the political, social and economic transformation of the region.

Learning Outcomes

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

This course aims to achieve the following specific outcomes :-

1. Course participants will learn and analyse the complexity of political life in the Middle East, with specific focus on Islam, oil, outside interventions and conflicts.

2. Participants will develop the necessary skills to analyse and judge for themselves the linkages that may exist between the various key variables that have come to shape the political and social-economic landscapes of the Middle East.

3. Participants will acquire knowledge about the relevant key concepts and definitions

Indicative Assessment

One 4,000 word essay (60%) and one three-hour exam (40%).

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One two-hour seminar per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Graduate Certificate (6060) or a Master (7105) of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

There is no single prescribed text for the course.   Please see preliminary reading list above.

Preliminary Reading

There is no single prescribed text for the course. However, the books listed below provide a solid introductory background to the course.

A. Hourani, P. S. Khoury, and M.C. Wilson (eds.), The Modern Middle East, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

Nikki R. Keddie, Modern Iran:  Roots and Results of Revolution, New Haven:  Yale University Press, 2003.

Amin Saikal, The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

D. Yergin, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, New York: A Touchstone Book, 1992.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1470
2014 $2478
2013 $2478
2012 $2358
2011 $2310
2010 $2250
2009 $2178
2008 $2178
2007 $2178
2006 $2178
2005 $2178
2004 $1836
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3582
2011 $3582
2010 $3576
2009 $3450
2008 $3450
2007 $3450
2006 $3450
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4678 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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