- Code MEAS1001
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof James Piscatori
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This interdisciplinary course will examine the emergence of the modern Middle East. It will be organised thematically rather than chronologically and its aim is to acquaint beginning students with the major historical, religious, social, economic, and political dimensions of the Middle East.
Students will be exposed to lectures and a variety of readings that cover such topics as the construction of identities, the place of tradition and history, the impact of imperialism, the development of nationalism, and the reasons for revolution and conflict in the region. The course will also look at the contemporary challenges of globalisation, religious radicalisation, democratisation, and transnational terrorism.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the important events, places, and time periods in the development of the modern Middle East.
- Demonstrate an ability to comprehend historical and political developments & how they relate to underlying cultural, social, and religious trends in the region and to broader forces such as imperialism, conflict, and radicalism.
- Critically analyse some of the developments in the modern Middle East and to question whether these trends and forces make the Middle East unique or exceptional.
- Demonstrate the capacity to develop evidence based argument & evaluation by drawing on specific historical and contemporary examples, and by evaluating differing perspectives on key Middle Eastern issues.
- Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.
6. Prioritising material: Students will learn how to manage a large amount of empirical material and order it in a comprehensible manner.
7. Synthesis: Students will be able to draw on the material presented in lectures and the readings to make connections and draw conclusions.
8. Critical thinking: Students will learn how to look at contested interpretations of history, culture, and politics and to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
9. Communication: Through tutorials and essays, students will learn how to present their ideas, both verbally and in writing, in a structured and clear way.
(750-1000 words per participant) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-9]
Essay (2000-2500 words) (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
End of Semester Examination (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Tutorial Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-9]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Preliminary ReadingAlbert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples; Mehran Kamrava, The Modern Middle East
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