- Class Number 7424
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Elisabeth Yarbakhsh
- Elisabeth Yarbakhsh
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This course examines in detail the debates over political obedience, engagement and dissent in the Muslim societies of the Middle East. It begins by an examination of modern Islamic thought and considers diverse views of the state, authority, pluralism, and citizenship. It assesses the importance of political culture and structural factors to both the maintenance and the radical reform of non-participatory political orders. In doing so, it critically examines essentialist and exceptionalist assumptions about Middle Eastern and Muslim societies, the degree to which authoritarianism is engrained, the position of Islamist movements, the reasons for and constraints on popular protest, and the possibilities of externally-influenced political transformations. While the course is organised thematically, examples are drawn from a number of specific cases and theoretical insights on authoritarianism, democracy and protest are invoked in order to relate the specificity of Middle Eastern Muslim societies to broader debates.
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:
- understand key theoretical issues concerning the processes of political authoritarianism, democratisation and protest;
- analyse the ways in which Muslim societies, particularly in the Middle East, have dealt with demands for greater political participation, political obedience, engagement and pluralism;
- critically analyse debates about, and schools of thought on, key factors affecting political authoritarianism, democratisation and protest, such as culture, civil society, economics, the media, and elections;
- assess the roles of Islamist ideologies and movements in the political process; and
- gain insight to the radical reform of non-participatory political orders, and the content and analytical frameworks of a select group of readings.
No purchasing of a course reader (BRICK) or set textbook(s) is required for this course. Readings marked as ‘Essential’ in this course guide are available online on the course Wattle site. It is crucial that you read these weekly set readings. Under the subheading ‘Further Readings’ additional sources are provided for students interested in pursuing the weekly topic further.
Students are encouraged to read widely, including key pieces of essential reading for each week but also other sources. Reading lists supplied for each seminar are intended to give students a lead and provide starting points for seminar discussion. Students are encouraged to conduct their own research, and draw materials from alternative sources, such as the electronic media and World Wide Web.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||The Postcolonial State in the Middle East and North Africa|
|3||Democratisation in the Middle East|
|4||The Political Economy of Protest|
|5||Oppositional Forces: Leftist Parties and Islamist Movements|
|6||The Role of Intellectuals|
|7||Minorities and Movements of Protest|
|8||Feminist Engagements with Democracy|
|9||Art, Culture and the Representation of Protest|
|10||Youth Transformative Power and the Claiming of Public Spaces|
|11||New Media Networks and Political Mobilisation|
|12||Revolutions in Progress?|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Course engagement||20 %||*||1-5|
|Mixed response assessment||40 %||22/09/2021||1-5|
|Research Essay||40 %||21/11/2021||1-5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
Details will be provided in the Week 1 seminar.
Students will each undertake a short oral presentation which is designed to encourage active involvement in seminar discussions and as practice in collating and synthesising sets of arguments from the readings. The presentation will test students on at least one of the five ‘Specific Learning Outcomes’ and all of the ‘General Skills’.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
Mixed response assessment
The mixed response assessment will give students the opportunity to synthesise their learning and communicate clear arguments using different forms of scholarly communication. The assessment will be comprised of three parts: a) A brief response to a text; b) three short answer questions; c) . More details will be provided in seminars. The mixed response assessment is due by 4pm on Thursday 23 November 2020. This assessment will count for 40% of the total course assessment and final mark.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
The essay for this course tests students’ ability to research a topic and to present a quality, cogent argument in response to a chosen question. Students are expected to choose one question from a list of options to be posted on Wattle. Questions are based on the material covered in the course. Essays are marked against criteria that include answering the question, presenting an argument, demonstrating depth of research, and technical quality, as per the rubric below. Advice on essays will be provided in seminars. The essay is due by 4pm on Tuesday 2 September. The essay is to be 4000 words in length. This assessment will count for 40% of the total course assessment and final markThe essay for this course tests students’ ability to research a topic and to present a quality, cogent argument in response to a chosen question. Students are expected to choose one question from a list of options to be posted on Wattle. Questions are based on the material covered in the course. Essays are marked against criteria that include answering the question, presenting an argument, demonstrating depth of research, and technical quality, as per the rubric below. Advice on essays will be provided in seminars. The essay is due by 4pm on Tuesday 2 September. The essay is to be 4000 words in length. This assessment will count for 40% of the total course assessment and final markThe essay for this course tests students’ ability to research a topic and to present a quality, cogent argument in response to a chosen question. Students are expected to choose one question from a list of options to be posted on Wattle. Questions are based on the material covered in the course. Essays are marked against criteria that include answering the question, presenting an argument, demonstrating depth of research, and technical quality, as per the rubric below. Advice on essays will be provided in seminars. The essay is due by 4pm on Tuesday 2 September. The essay is to be 4000 words in length. This assessment will count for 40% of the total course assessment and final mark.
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Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Political Anthropology of the Middle East and Islamic world