Upon completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, ethnic and religious diversity of the Middle East upon which contemporary political complexity is based.
- Show an awareness of the major political cultures, structures, actors and issues in the contemporary Middle East.
- Understand the causes of regional conflicts and the preconditions for their resolution, as well as the reasons for persistent authoritarianism and the prospects for political reform and democratisation.
- Appreciate the major theories explaining Middle Eastern political realities.
- Display an ability for political scrutiny, awareness of the broad range of sources and interpretations of Middle Eastern politics and a careful use of evidence and logical argumentation in discussing Middle Eastern issues.
- Demonstrate a greater level of sophistication and independence in their engagement with sources and the questions which they pose.
- Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the theoretical issues that underpin the course and an ability to formulate and develop an independent research question which is grounded in a reading and analysis of primary sources.
As for ATS2580
Third-year level students will be expected to read more widely and work at a higher level than second-year students.
JWC3095, PLT3490, PLT3492, ATS2580