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Understanding the Gulf States (ISLM90015)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISLM90015
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This dynamic and interdisciplinary subject adopts an industry and policy-orientated approach to analysing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states that will be of considerable benefit to students keen to internationalise their learning. ‘Understanding the Gulf States’ combines the academic expertise of Asia Institute scholars with the practical experience of partners in industry and government to explore the historical, political, economic and cultural climate of the Arab Gulf states. This subject tracks the GCC’s institutional history and provides an up-to-date analysis of key developments in member states. Drawing on the practical knowledge and experience of external specialists from fields including diplomacy, trade, business and politics, this innovative subject examines issues such as human rights, Islamic banking, the role of Iran, Australian trade and diplomatic relations and resource security in this vital region.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Develop an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of the Gulf Cooperation Council and its member states
  • Develop critical skills in the discussion and investigation of Arab politics in the Gulf
  • Develop a capacity to critically engage with policy considerations
  • Develop the capacity to plan and execute a self-directed research project

Generic skills

  • Students who successfully complete this subject should: • develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of Gulf politics, economics, society and culture; • improve their oral skills by participating in seminars; • deepen their understanding of regional politics through exposure to policy practitioners and through the development of a policy brief; • develop improved writing skills by producing a policy brief and a research paper

Last updated: 23 August 2019