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Department of Politics and International Studies

Comparative politics of the Middle East

Course Code:
15PPOC026
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

The aim of this course is to offer students with a wide range and variety of backgrounds the opportunity to engage and grapple with the most important debates in the study of the politics of the Middle East and to locate and contextualise the
Middle East within wider debates and scholarship of world politics. The themes studied include an examination of the role of the state in the politics of the region, the meaning of citizenship, the processes of democratization, social and political
movements, revolutions, and the role of ideologies, gender, culture, and militarism in the politics of the Middle East.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

 Upon the completion of this course students should be able to

  1. critically discuss and analyse series of key issues in the politics of the post-1950 Middle East
  2. examine and take position in the debates in which social scientists have engaged to address these key issues
  3. communicate this understanding while synthesising knowledge from various sources
  4. organise their research objects, categorising materials and sources and being able to produce clear outlines of this research
  5. wed their empirical research to abstract conceptualisation and sophisticated and theoretically informed analysis.

Method of assessment

Assessment is 45% Coursework (comprising two 3000 word essays) and 55% unseen examination – all coursework is resubmissible.