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Modules

Modules

HIS2233 : Oil, Imperialism and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1838-1950 (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The Middle East has been the most conflict prone region in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The origins of the many of its conflicts can be sought in the fin de siècle when the Great Powers re-drew its maps. In this module we are going to look at the political and economic processes of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the appearance of a new Middle East, with particular reference to the struggle for controlling Middle Eastern oil and other resources. The module is a political and economic survey of imperialism, nationalism, massacres and genocide. Students who will take this module will
     
(1) be introduced to aspects of the Eastern Question in the nineteenth century,
(2) be familiar with imperialism and colonialism in the Middle East in the fin de siècle,
(3) consider the role of the oil industry in the making of the Modern Middle East,
(4) why and how World War I was fought in the Middle East,
(5) study the rise of local (ultra-)nationalisms that led to massacres, genocide and the birth of modern nation states,
(6) examine the history of mandates in the Middle East,
(7) how World War II affected the Middle East and how Middle Eastern oil affected the course of World War II,
(8) be familiar with the origins of the Israeli state.

Students will engage in seminal debates on these topics as well as in role plays. We will also watch videos and critically examines visual materials between 1838 and 1950.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars may include the following topics:

1. The Great Powers and the Eastern Question
2. Struggle for Oil: the Baghdad Railway and the Turkish Petroleum Company
3. The Young Turk Revolution: From Liberalism to Genocide
4. The Middle East in World War I and the Fall of the Sick Man
5. Re-drawing the Maps: From Sevres to Lausanne
6. The Great Powers, Mandates and the Iraqi Petroleum Company
7. Authoritarian Modernisation in Turkey and Iran
8. Struggle for Oil: The Middle East in World War II
9. Arab Nationalisms, End of Mandates and the new Middle East
10. Foundation of Israel and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1641:00164:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1003000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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