- Code POLS2031
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Liyana Kayali
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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The course concentrates on the contemporary politics of the Arab world, Iran, Turkey and Israel, with some reference to Afghanistan. It examines the political development and dynamics of the major countries involved at national and regional levels. This is done in the context of four major variables - Islam, oil, the Arab-Israeli conflict and other regional disputes, and major power involvement - and the consequences of the interaction of these variables for the region in world politics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- learn about the evolution of State and Society in the Middle East against the backdrop of Islam, oil, inter-state conflicts and major power intervention as the dominant variables;
- develop the ability to understand the relations between the dominant variables and assess their implications in a thematic fashion for the Middle East;
- critically analyse the political dynamics of a number of key Middle Eastern states as significant case studies, and judge for themselves why the Middle East region is, on the one hand, very significant and, on the other, volatile;
- advance arguments based on both historical and contemporary understanding of the Middle East from varying perspectives; and
- present their ideas, both verbally and in writing, in a structured and clear way.
This course is considered compatible with Security Studies, Asian Politics and International Relations fields of study.
- Major essay (3,000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Take-home essay (2,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Class participation [based on attendance, reading, performance] (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are not set textbooks for this course. Readings will be made available on Wattle.
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