- Code MEAS3007
- 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, International Relations, Middle East Studies
This course is designed to ground students in the modern and contemporary politics, society, history and culture of Syria within the Levant region, including the dynamics of interaction and influence between Syria and the surrounding countries in the Levant such as Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan. The course traces the emergence of the Syrian Postcolonial State within the realms of the pan-Arabist Baathist ideology and the social contract instigated by the long reign of Hafez Al Asad. It explores the internal dynamics of Syrian society, culture and politics and the responses to regional challenges in the Levant region. It also considers the current Civil War in the country, the refugee crisis and the power dynamics among different local, regional and global actors.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify key issues in Syrian State, society and politics and understand their historical contexts in relation to Levant and the wider region;
- critically develop evidence-based argument and evaluation encompassing the full range of internal and external issues of the country in past and present within the regional context of the Levant;
- write and present an advanced historical/political argument in a clear, coherent, and engaging manner; and
- demonstrate an advanced reading comprehension of relevant literature.
- Class Participation (10) [LO 3,4]
- Class Participation Papers (1000 word and 20% each) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Essay 4000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2 hours of seminars per week; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Makdisi, Ussama: The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon (University of California Press, 2000)
Lisa Wedeen: Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria (University of Chicago Press, 1999).
Lisa Wedeen: Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria (University of Chicago Press 2019)
Lesch, David: Syria: A Modern History (Polity Press 2018)
Beck, Martin et al (Eds.) The Levant in Turmoil: Syria, Palestine, and the Transformation of Middle Eastern Politics (Palgrave 2016)
Balanche, Fabrice: Sectarianism in Syria’s Civil War (Washington Institute for Near East Policy 2018)
Phillips, Christopher: The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East (Yale University Press 2018).
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