- Code MEAS2105
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Tony Allison
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2023
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The aim of this course is to analyse and explain the dynamics of political economy in the contemporary Middle East. There is a focus on how political actors and social forces influence, and in turn are influenced, by political economy structures and development strategies. In particular, the effects of state institutions, international actors, social classes, and new groups such as private sector businesspeople are assessed, and their roles considered in the context of political economy theoretical approaches. Particular case studies focus on recent trends in the region, especially: the growth of Islamic models of economic development; the processes and outcomes of economic reform; the impacts of globalisation and foreign penetration of the region; and the ways in which new industries and technologies are shaping the political economies of the region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and terms on Middle Eastern political economy;
- analyse the key dynamics of Middle Eastern political economy;
- assess the major theoretical ideas that have been developed by scholars to explain Middle Eastern political economy dynamics; and
- debate suggestions about reforms and changes that might improve the efficiency, transparency, and equity of Middle Eastern political-economic systems.
This course is considered compatible with Security Studies, Asian Politics & International Relations, and Contemporary Asian Societies fields of study.
- Major essay (2500-3000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final two-hour examination (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Response papers (of 100 words), due weekly (15) [LO 3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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