POLS201 - Middle Eastern Politics

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: 36 hours of lectures and tutorials

Contemporary Middle Eastern politics remain a focus of international political analysis. This unit explores historical, cultural and religious dynamics of the region. Relevant questions and issues to be considered include the following: the colonial influence on the modern state system, the emergence of the Arab states and the failure of Pan-Arabism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the rise of political Islam, the dominance of authoritarianism in governance, the ongoing challenge of democratisation, and the relationship between Islam, secularism and democracy. Theological discourses, campaigns launched by Muslim feminists, and the politics of oil and terrorism will also be closely examined. The aim of the unit is to provide students with the skills, understanding and analysis of the cultural and political structures that have combined to shape the current realities and conflicts in the Middle East.