• 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, Politics, International Security
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Jessie Moritz
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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  • Graduate Attributes
    • Transdisciplinary

The Arabian Peninsula (AP) is a strategic space located at the very heart of where the African and Eurasian continents converge. Its geographic, spiritual, and economic significance have long attracted the interest of many extra-regional actors, from the Portuguese to the Americans. The course seeks to de-mystify the modern states and societies of the AP, encompassing those of the Gulf monarchies (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman) and Yemen. Drawing on new theoretical interventions, methodologies, and transnational approaches, as well as a wide range of sources (archival material, travelogues, colonial reports, audiovisuals, and local scholarship), the course aims to equip students with the research skillset needed to effectively analyse and discuss the political, security, and societal dynamics of the AP. The themes discussed in the course will be wide-ranging, and will include topics and issues such as the AP's place within the ever-changing Middle Eastern regional order, post-oil societal transformations, popular mobilizations, the politics of climate change and food security, authoritarian resilience, the risk of state collapse, the empowering/de-stabilizing role of technology, among others. Much of these discussions will be shaped by key questions - how have AP states and societies evolved in the past and present, and what factors and trends will shape their future course of development?

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the histories of state and society in the Arabian Peninsula;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the global strategic importance of the Arabian Peninsula;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the political, security and societal challenges facing the Arabian Peninsula
  4. debate critically the ideas and theories that have been advanced to understand the political economy and international relations of the Arabian Peninsula; and
  5. anticipate and analyse the different possible alternative futures for the region.

Other Information

Middle Easter Politics and Security Major - ANU

Middle Eastern Politics and Security Minor - ANU

Indicative Assessment

  1. Major essay (4000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Policy report (Group Activity, 1500 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Tutorial participation and oral presentation (10-15 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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

To enrol in this course you must have completed a minimum of 24 units of POLS or MEAS courses; or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with basic concepts and theories in International Relations and/or familiarity with key features, political dynamics, and histories of Middle Eastern states.


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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8366 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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