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Crisis Zone: Age of Uprisings (ISLM30018)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeISLM30018
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This third-year subject examines the political dynamics of the modern Middle East, with a specific focus on the events known as the 'Arab Spring.' It will offer a brief synopsis of 20th century Middle Eastern history before exploring the War on Terror, the 2011 Arab uprisings and their aftermath, and contemporary political trends in non-Arab states such as Turkey and Iran. This subject will analyse the role of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces in the contemporary Middle East, and will examine critical issues such as sectarianism, gender politics, Islamism and the influence of external powers in the region. Crisis Zone: Age of Uprisings will provide students with a detailed framework for understanding the conflicts and challenges of the modern Middle East.

Intended learning outcomes

Students that complete this subject should:

  • Develop an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of contemporary Islam and its political applications
  • Develop critical skills in the discussion and investigation of political Islam in the modern world
  • Develop the ability to critically reflect on academic literature relating to Islam
  • Develop the capacity to plan and execute self-directed research

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Take Home Exam

  • 1500 words
During the examination period40%

Tutorial Participation

Throughout the semester10%

Research Paper

  • 2500 words
Week 750%
Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 75% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. Throughout the semesterN/A

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorTezcan Gumus
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Recommended texts and other resources

    • Akbarzadeh, Shahram and Baxter, Kylie., 2018. Middle East Politics and International Relations: Crisis Zone. New York: Routledge.
    • Brownlee, Jason; Masoud, Tarek and Reynolds, Andrew., 2015. The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Tripp, Charles., 2013. The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 21 September 2019