• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Middle East Studies
  • Major code MECA-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major

The major 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

Successful completion of this major enables students 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 major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 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

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

Code Title Units
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
MEAS2004 Turkish Politics and Foreign Policy 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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