- Code MEAS8113
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Middle East Studies
The Gulf is contested political terrain. Even its very nomenclature – ‘Persian’ or ‘Arab’/’Arabian’ – is subject to controversy. The security of regional countries is influenced by a complicated web of strategic, political and cultural variables. It is also a key focus for the national security strategy of the United States. Notwithstanding the diversity of the region, the countries within it face a unique set of social, political, and economic challenges, particularly in comparison to other developing regions. The central focus of the course will be the forces for continuity and change in the Gulf, and the interaction of domestic and external actors and factors shaping the Gulf security environment. It will review internal political and economic trends, the dealings of Gulf states with each other, and their relations with other regional and extra-regional powers. It will, finally, consider broader concerns such as over food security, water scarcity, and dependence on migrant workers.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify domestic and external actors and factors shaping the security environment of the Gulf;
- demonstrate an understanding of the global strategic importance of Gulf energy reserves;
- demonstrate an understanding of the security perceptions of the United States and regional countries, and the challenges they face;
- discuss and debate critically the ideas and theories that have been advanced to understand Gulf politics, political economy and international relations, and to deal with core unresolved regional issues; and
- discuss and debate alternative futures for the region, their strategic implications and prospects for developing regional security architecture.
Indicative AssessmentMajor essay, 4000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4
Final examination, 3 hours (40%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Oral presentation, 10 minutes (10%) Learning Outcomes 4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2 hours of seminars per week; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
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