• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Middle East Studies, International Security
  • Major code MECA-MAJ
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major

The major integrates the study of Middle Eastern and Central Asian contemporary politics, history, international relations, culture, political economy, business, and the religion of Islam within the broader framework of the changing global order.

Courses concentrate on selected themes concerning political and social change, economic modernisation and regional security against the backdrop of sectarian, ethnolinguistic and ideological diversity, as well as outside interference and geopolitical rivalry.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. describe and explain the socio-cultural, religious, political and economic structures and traditions of the Middle East and Central Asia as well as their historical development;

  2. describe contemporary and historical relationships between Middle East and Central Asian states, and with extra-regional states;

  3. analyse contemporary political and social events and developments which continue to shape the Middle East and Central Asia and evaluate their global significance; and

  4. critique contemporary and historical events from a cross-cultural perspective.

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Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:


12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East 

MEAS1002 Islam: History and Institutions 


12 units from the completion of two courses from the following list:

MEAS3003 Critical Perspectives on Arabic culture

MEAS3004 Iran in World Politics

POLS3070 Politics in Central Asia


24 units from completion of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies courses from the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A

BUSI2024 Dynamics of Business in the Middle East

MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture

MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security

MEAS2003 Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture 

MEAS2004 Turkish Politics and Foreign Policy

MEAS2005 Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East

MEAS2006 Gallipoli: A Transnational History

MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East

MEAS3005 Modern Iraq: State, Politics and Society 

MEAS3006 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey

POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East

POLS2069 Politics in Russia

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