• 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, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Jessie Moritz
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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The aim of this course is to analyse and explain the dynamics of political economy in the contemporary Middle East. There is a focus on how political actors and social forces influence, and in turn are influenced, by political economy structures and development strategies. In particular, the effects of state institutions, international actors, social classes, and new groups such as private sector businesspeople are assessed, and their roles considered in the context of political economy theoretical approaches. Particular case studies focus on recent trends in the region, especially: the growth of Islamic models of economic development; the processes and outcomes of economic reform; the impacts of globalisation and foreign penetration of the region; and the ways in which new industries and technologies are shaping the political economies of the region.

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 an understanding of the key concepts and terms on Middle Eastern political economy;
  2. Identify, debate and analyse the key dynamics of Middle Eastern political economy;
  3. Debate and assess the major theoretical ideas that have been developed by scholars to explain Middle Eastern political economy dynamics; and
  4. Make and defend suggestions about reforms and changes that might improve the efficiency, transparency, and equity of Middle Eastern political-economic systems.

Other Information

This course is considered compatible with Security Studies, Asian Politics & International Relations, and Contemporary Asian Societies fields of study.

Indicative Assessment

Major essay of some 2,500-3,000 words (50%) [assesses LOs 1-3 plus in some cases 4]

Final two-hour examination (40%) [assesses all LO']

Tutorial participation (10%) [addresses all LO's]

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One two-hour seminar and one one-hour tutorial per week. Students are expected to commit up to seven hours of private study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of 1000 level Politics (POLS) courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will be made available to students.

Preliminary Reading

  • Students without any economics background should familiarise themselves with basic economic terms and concepts (terms like: productivity, wages, prices, unemployment, inflation, interest rates, gross domestic product, investment, monetary policy, fiscal policy, investment, etc.)
  • Students who have not completed MEAS1001, POLS2031, or similar should do some background reading on modern Middle Eastern history and politics; recommended are relevant chapters in Peter Mansfield, The Arabs (London: Penguin, 1992) or Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples (London: Faber & Faber, 1991).





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8546 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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