• Class Number 2306
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Raihan Ismail
    • Dr Raihan Ismail
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the  important events, places, and time periods in the development of the modern Middle East. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.
This course also aims to achieve the following generic learning outcomes:
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.

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
2 The Construction of Identities
3 The Weight of History and 'Tradition': Muslim, Jewish and Christian Societies (Part 1) Response paper due (10%)
4 The Weight of History and 'Tradition': Muslim, Jewish and Christian Societies (Part 2)
5 Empires and the Legacy of Imperialism
6 States and Nationalism Research essay due (40%)
7 Modernisation and Women
8 Economies and Populations
9 Revolutions and Civil Wars
10 Conflict Across Borders
11 Democracy or Liberalised Autocracy
12 Religious Radicalism and Terrorism Final essay due (40%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial participation (10%) 10 % * * LO's 1-8
Research essay (40%) 40 % 01/04/2022 19/04/2022 LO's 1-8
Final essay (40%) 40 % 09/06/2022 * LO's 1-8
Short response paper (10%) 10 % 11/03/2022 25/03/2022 LO's 1-8

* 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: LO's 1-8

Tutorial participation (10%)

Students are expected to participate in the tutorial activities and discussions. They will be assessed on their preparedness for discussion and their contribution. The total mark will cover attendance plus participation. In the case of absence, students can make up for their participation by answering tutorial questions provided online.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 01/04/2022
Return of Assessment: 19/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: LO's 1-8

Research essay (40%)

The essay for this course tests students’ ability to research a topic and to present a quality, cogent argument in response to the question. Questions are based around 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. It should be 2000 words in length.

The essay will be assessed on:

  • Whether and how well the question is answered;
  • Whether and how well an argument is presented;
  • The factual accuracy of the essay;
  • The depth and sophistication of research demonstrated in the essay;
  • Whether academic conventions have been followed; and
  • The technical quality of the essay.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 09/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: LO's 1-8

Final essay (40%)

The final essay must be on a topic selected from the list of essay questions (to be accessed via Wattle). It should be 2000 words in length.

It will be assessed on:

-- Whether and how well the question is answered;

-- Whether and how well an argument is presented;

-- The factual accuracy of the essay;

-- The depth and sophistication of research demonstrated in the essay;

-- Whether academic conventions have been followed; and

-- The technical quality of the essay.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 11/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 25/03/2022
Learning Outcomes: LO's 1-8

Short response paper (10%)

Students will be asked to write a short response paper of approximately 500 words to a question selected from a list relating to topics raised in the lectures or assigned readings.

The response paper is due at 3 pm on Friday, 11 March 2022. 

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 Raihan Ismail

Research Interests

Middle East; Politics and Religion; Sectarianism

Dr Raihan Ismail

Monday 14:00 16:00
Monday 14:00 16:00
Dr Raihan Ismail

Research Interests

Dr Raihan Ismail

Monday 14:00 16:00
Monday 14:00 16:00

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