• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Anthropology, International Relations, Political Sciences, Sociology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Raihan Ismail
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course focuses on sectarianism in the Middle East. The growing sectarian tension and  conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims has come to define much of the region’s political  landscape. The course’s central aim is to examine the complexities of sectarianism in the Middle  East. Its scope extends the nature of the theological divisions between the two sects. More  significantly, the course analyses Sunni and Shia identity in various countries in the Middle East,  and power politics in the region.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and comprehend the history of the sectarian divide in Islam between its Sunni and Shia sects, become familiar with the key theological features of Sunni and Shia Islam and the areas in which the sects diverge doctrinally, and have the foundation for understanding the animosity and conflict between members of the sects, in both historical and contemporary terms;
  2. understand sectarian identity and politics in various countries in the Middle East;
  3. understand socio-political development in the Middle East and the sectarian tension and conflict in the region; and
  4. understand the interconnections between religion and politics in general and how that has shaped the attitudes of various actors in the region.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Essay (4000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final Exam, 3 hours (held during the formal examination period) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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 workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3763 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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