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Contemporary Middle East & Central Asia (ISLM90007)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISLM90007
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Summer Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on the contemporary political landscape of the Middle East and Central Asia. It explores the interplay of international relations and domestic politics, especially in the wake of the war on terror and the Arab Uprisings. It traces the challenge of Islamism with reference to the Arab-Israeli conflict and implications of Iran’s growing assertiveness in the Persian Gulf and Central Asia. Of particular interest is popular perceptions of the United States in the region, as well as the disconnect between the people and the political elite.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the political systems in the Middle East and Central Asia;
  • have a solid appreciation of the role of great powers in the region;
  • have an understanding of the interconnectedness of patterns of conflict in the Middle East and Central Asia; and
  • have an understanding of Islamic political and social mechanisms in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the political systems in the Middle East and Central Asia;
  • gain a solid appreciation of the role of great powers in the region;
  • improve oral skills by participating in seminars; and
  • develop improved writing skills by producing a 5000 word research paper.

Last updated: 13 November 2017