• 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, International Relations, Security Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Introduction to Middle East International Relations and Security (MEAS1003)

This course introduces students to the concepts and issues that constitute International Relations of the Middle East and a range of domestic, regional and international security issues facing the region today. The course focuses on some of the key concepts in in the field such as; theories and practices in international relations, security studies, and area studies. As such, it explores how issues in the Middle East have been addressed by the two established traditions of thought in International Relations: Realism and Constructivism, as well as more recent approaches, such as critical approaches. The course is taught thematically, and engages with a range of recent case studies and perspectives. It also explores the states, societies, political movements and ideologies of the region and the role that religion, ethnicity, gender and class have played in shaping contemporary security issues in the region and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate critical understanding of historical and contemporary factors influencing international relations in the Middle East and their impacts on the region;
  2. formulate clear conceptualization of geopolitics and security in the Middle East beyond the dominant approaches;
  3. demonstrate familiarity and critical engagement with local, regional and international issues that affect the Middle East and its regional dynamism; and
  4. understand security challenges faced by states in the region.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,3]
  2. Critical Report (1000 words) (25) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Critical Report (1000 words) (25) [LO 1,3,4]
  4. Research Paper (2000 words) (40) [LO 2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and

b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Ewan Stein: International Relations in the Middle East: Hegemonic Strategies and Regional Order. Cambridge Univresity Press 2021.


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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