• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anas Iqtait
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This interdisciplinary course will examine the emergence of the modern Middle East.  It will be organised thematically rather than chronologically and its aim is to acquaint beginning students with the major historical, religious, social, economic, and political dimensions of the Middle East. 

Students will be exposed to lectures and a variety of readings that cover such topics as the construction of identities, the place of tradition and history, the impact of imperialism, the development of nationalism, and the reasons for revolution and conflict in the region.  The course will also look at the contemporary challenges of globalisation, religious radicalisation, democratisation, and transnational terrorism.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the important events, places, and time periods in the development of the modern Middle East;
  2. demonstrate an ability to comprehend historical and political developments and how they relate to underlying cultural, social, and religious trends in the region and to broader forces such as imperialism, conflict, and radicalism;
  3. critically analyse some of the developments in the modern Middle East and to question whether these trends and forces make the Middle East unique or exceptional;
  4. demonstrate the capacity to develop evidence based argument & evaluation by drawing on specific historical and contemporary examples, and by evaluating differing perspectives on key Middle Eastern issues; and
  5. participate in group discussions about contested concepts with confidence and with tolerance for other points of view.

Other Information

This course is listed in the following major and minors and programs

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major - ANU

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Minor - ANU

Historical International Security Minor - ANU

Bachelor of International Relations

Bachelor of International Business - ANU

Indicative Assessment

  1. Group exercise (750-1000 words per participant) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Essay (2000-2500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. End of Semester Examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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 tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts




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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
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2024 $4080
International fee paying students
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2024 $5280
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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
2202 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
4292 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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