• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Middle East Studies
  • Minor code MECA-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Minor

This minor integrates the study of Middle Eastern and Central Asian contemporary politics, history, international relations, culture, political economy, business, and the religion of Islam within the broader framework of the changing global order.

Courses concentrate on selected themes concerning political and social change, economic modernisation and regional security against the backdrop of sectarian, ethnolinguistic and ideological diversity, as well as outside interference and geopolitical rivalry.


Learning outcomes

Students who complete this major will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Describe and explain the socio-cultural,      religious, political and economic structures and traditions of the Middle      East and Central Asia as well as their historical development
  • Describe contemporary and historical      relationships between Middle East and Central Asian states, and with      extra-regional states. 
  • Analyse contemporary political and social      events and developments which continue to shape the Middle East and      Central Asia and evaluate their global significance
  • Critique contemporary and historical events from a cross-cultural      perspective
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 6
MEAS1002 Islam : History and Institutions 6
BUSI2024 Dynamics of Business in the Middle East 6
MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture 6
MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security 6
MEAS2002 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey 6
MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations 6
MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East 6
MEAS2107 Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East 6
MEAS2108 Gallipoli: History and National Imagination 6
POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East 6
POLS2069 Politics in Russia 6
POLS2070 Politics in Central Asia 6
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