• Class Number 7430
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Alam Saleh
    • Dr Alam Saleh
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

This interdisciplinary course is for students who wish to pursue an in depth interest in Iraq or Iraq-related geopolitics in the Middle East. It will examine and introduce students to national politics and recent history of modern Iraq and their intertwinement with regional and global politics. The course explores the formation of the Iraqi Sate and how it was shaped by Ottoman and British colonial legacies. It examines the intellectual and ideological currents shaping Iraqi society, politics, and foreign relations regionally and globally. The course explores how the regional Iraq/Iran war, the first and second invasion of Iraq (1991, 2003) and the economic and political sanctions on Iraq (1990-2003) have had deep consequences on the country’s social, political and economic stability and caused major upheavals in the region. Iraq’s difficult and fascinating contemporary history shows some of the most enduring problems of the modern Middle East and provides ample room for their study, including contemporary challenges of sectarianism, foreign intervention and proxy wars, social inequality, neo-patriarchy and gender representation in policy making, national fragmentation in a multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies and the repercussions for national, regional and global security. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. identify key issues in Iraqi politics and understand their historical contexts;
  2. develop an advanced capacity to research key issues in ways that enable students to analyse different approaches to understand and address these issues;
  3. debate and evaluate different approaches to major issues;
  4. write and present an advanced historical/political argument in a clear, coherent, and engaging manner; and
  5. demonstrate an advanced reading comprehension of relevant literature.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course: mapping modern Iraq: issues and questions
2 The formation of the Iraqi Sate from the 1958 Revolution
3 Saddam Hussain: From revolutionary spirit to tyranny and oppression
4 Iran/Iraq war: regional security and foreign influence
5 Sanctions on Iraq and their repercussions on Iraqi society
6 First and Second invasions of Iraq 1992/2003: the collapse of the state and society
7 Democracy in Iraq post 2003: identity, religion, and sectarianism
8 Democracy in Iraq post 2003: Women’s political participation: tokenism or integration?
9 Iraq and the rise of ISIS
10 Iraq and the Kurds: identity, autonomy, and independence
11 Iraq and Iran: sectarianism, influence, and regional and global security
12 Iraq today: contemporary governance and economy

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date
Class Participation 10 % *
Two Reaction papers (1500 word and 20% each) 40 % *
Final essay 3000 words 50 % 05/11/2021

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Class Participation

Students will be asked to present 10 minutes on a topic of their choice in week 4. This task aims to enhance students’ presentation skills and to raise their awareness of some of the key issues relevant to the course. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Two Reaction papers (1500 word and 20% each)

Students are asked to submit two 1500-word Reaction Papers (20% each) , the first reaction paper to be submitted 0n 20 August 2021and the second reaction paper on 01 October 2021 on a topic of their choice. This task is planned in order to enhance students writing reports and also keep them engaged with topics taught throughout of the course. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 05/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Final essay 3000 words

This 3000-words essay for undergrads task to be submitted on 05 November 2021, provides students with opportunity to delve deeper in reflecting on what they have learnt and how to express their learning experience in research on a topic of their choice about Iraq. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

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.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Alam Saleh

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Dr Alam Saleh

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Dr Alam Saleh

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Dr Alam Saleh

By Appointment

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