POL2012 : Politics of the Middle East
POL2012 : Politics of the Middle East
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Una McGahern
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
- Capacity limit: 80 student places
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
|POL1032||Key Concepts in International Politics|
Pre Requisite Comment
Students must have studied at least 1 Politics module at stage 1
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
• To introduce students to the contemporary politics of the Middle East.
• To develop students’ understanding of different political systems in the region.
• To develop students’ awareness of the dynamic and contested nature of politics in the region.
• To encourage students’ critical awareness of relevant academic literature (theories and concepts), as well as of the language and terminology used to describe and analyse the states, people and politics of the region.
• To provide students with an opportunity to engage with current events and contemporary examples from the region.
Outline Of Syllabus
This module introduces students to the politics of the contemporary Middle East. Discussing a number of major political events, trends and processes which have taken place across the region from the colonial period to the present day, it provides students with an opportunity to examine how these events, trends and processes have shaped, sustained or changed political dynamics in the region. Focusing on issues of major and ongoing political relevance, it draws attention to different regime types and the experiences of ordinary people, as well as politically marginalised and vulnerable communities, in order to highlight the contested and dynamic nature of politics in the Middle East today.
Topics could include (but are not limited to):
• State-Building Processes: Colonial Legacies
• Authoritarianism: the Military Factor in Egypt
• Sectarianism: Lebanon’s Confessional System
• Political Islam: the Muslim Brotherhood at the Polls
• Ethnonationalism: The Case of Israel-Palestine
• Oil: The Politics of Rentier States in the Arab Gulf
• Gender & Citizenship: Women’s Rights & Activism across the region
• Democratization: ‘Transitioning’ Iraq
• Uprising: The ‘Arab Spring’ Protests
• Displacement: the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
• To understand different political events, issues, trends and processes which have shaped the contemporary Middle East.
• To develop a good understanding of key concepts relevant to the study of contemporary Middle East politics.
• To understand a variety of different political systems and structures in the Middle East.
• To understand points of similarity and difference, as well as of continuity and change, in Middle East politics.
Intended Skill Outcomes
• An ability to think critically about political events and processes in the region.
• An ability to relate current events to broader political themes and concepts.
• An ability to apply key concepts to case studies.
• An ability to analyse material in a focused and systematic manner.
• An ability to conduct independent research.
• An ability to communicate effectively in written and oral formats.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||2:00||20:00||Lectures (PiP)|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Seminars (PiP)|
|Structured Guided Learning||Structured research and reading activities||10||4:00||40:00||Preparation for lectures and seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||2:00||4:00||Assessment advice and feedback (online)|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||126:00||126:00||Further reading, independent research, assessment preparation and write-up|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lecture materials provide students with an overview of key themes, issues and concepts relevant to the study of Middle East politics. They help students to situate these themes, issues and concepts within the context of wider political debates and conversations in the relevant academic literature, and to illustrate their contemporary political relevance through examples/case studies from the region.
Seminars provide students with an opportunity to explore and discuss set readings in greater critical depth while also providing them with an opportunity to develop their learning in a reflective, interactive and small group setting.
Structured, guided learning activities (quizzes and set seminar readings) are designed to further develop students’ subject knowledge and enhance their independent research, applied analysis and reflective skills.
Drop in/surgery hours are provided on a weekly basis to provide students with regular opportunities to access further support, guidance and feedback.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Case study||2||M||20||800 words|
|Essay||2||M||60||2500 word essay|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||20||To develop and test students’ independent research skills as well as their level of engagement with guided learning activities across each week of the module|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The 800 word Case Study (20%) is designed to develop and test students' independent research skills as well as their ability to make links between their chosen case study from the MENA region and relevant theories and concepts covered in this module in a clear and succinct manner.
The 2,500 word Essay (60%) is designed to develop and test students' level of knowledge, understanding and applied analysis skills of relevant topics and concepts covered on this module in a longer format. Students will choose an essay topic from a list of essay questions that will be assigned at the start of the semester.
The Professional Skills Assessment (20%) is designed to develop and test students’ independent research skills as well as their level of engagement with guided learning activities across each week of the module.
Past Exam Papers
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