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Middle East Politics and Security (POL334)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit covers key issues in Middle East politics and security today. The first part addresses regional complexities in terms of people, society, politics and geopolitics. The second part examines nationalism; the emergence of the modern states; the origins of conflict; and debates around political change and reform, including the role of political Islam and the emergence of religious radicalism. The final part considers contemporary challenges: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; 'war on terror'; Arab Spring; and rise of Daesh/Islamic State.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
LO1: Articulate a critically engaged understanding of important moments, events and ideas in the development of modern Middle East politics and security issues.
LO2: Discuss the relationships between modern Middle East politics and security issues and underlying cultural, social, and religious trends in the region and to broader forces such as imperialism, conflict, and radicalism.
LO3: Argue whether these trends and forces make the Middle East unique or exceptional.
LO4: Evaluate contested interpretations of history, culture, politics and security including their strengths and weaknesses
LO5: Communicate clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2.5 hour lecture/workshop held weekly. Students will then complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit consists of a 2.5 hour workshop each week . The workshop is an interactive session incorporating a range of materials, which will include (at various points) lecture material, the screening of pertinent audio-visual material, and discussion.
Assessment Workbook 1 (30%)
Workbook 2 (30%)
2 hour Exam (40%)
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Minors Critical and Human Security
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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