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POIR3220 – International Relations of the Middle East

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jumana Bayeh
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
POL278 or POIR2780 or POIX278 or POIX2780
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit will introduce students to the key questions in the area of the International Relations of the Middle East. The course will emphasise the interrelatedness of national, regional and international dimensions to the understanding of the making of the contemporary Middle East. Major themes to be explored include globalisation and neo-liberalism, Political Islam, Democratisation and the crisis of government legitimacy across the region. The course will also examine the legacies of the Ottoman Era, Colonialism, the Cold War and the “War on Terror” on the shaping of the modern relations of the Middle East at both the regional and the international levels. The course will generally adopt a synoptic view of the region, by integrating historical and analytical frameworks. The final weeks will be dedicated to the analysis of the relevant case studies as well to the international political economy and the role of other global actors in the Middle East.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Undertake independent learning and research throughout the semester.
  • ULO2: Outline and critically evaluate theoretical debates related to the international relations of the Middle East.
  • ULO3: Outline the contemporary international relations of the Middle East.
  • ULO4: Raise awareness of the importance of a critical approach to the study of the international relations of the Middle East.
  • ULO5: Effectively communicate their understanding and analytical ability in both spoken and, particularly, polished written form.

General Assessment Information

New Late penalty statement: Please update your unit guides

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Essay 60% No 20:00, 15/10/2021
Reflective journal 40% No 20:00, 3/09/2021 and 20:00, 29/10/2021

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 20:00, 15/10/2021
Weighting: 60%

 

Write an essay of 2500 words. Choose one essay question provided by the Convenor. Students are expected to utilise the required readings in the unit and undertake independent research.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Undertake independent learning and research throughout the semester.
  • Outline and critically evaluate theoretical debates related to the international relations of the Middle East.
  • Outline the contemporary international relations of the Middle East.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of a critical approach to the study of the international relations of the Middle East.
  • Effectively communicate their understanding and analytical ability in both spoken and, particularly, polished written form.

Reflective journal

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 20:00, 3/09/2021 and 20:00, 29/10/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Students are to keep a weekly journal where they reflect on the readings and the topic for the week.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Undertake independent learning and research throughout the semester.
  • Outline and critically evaluate theoretical debates related to the international relations of the Middle East.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of a critical approach to the study of the international relations of the Middle East.
  • Effectively communicate their understanding and analytical ability in both spoken and, particularly, polished written form.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Delivery: This unit has a 1 hour lecture per week that all students are expected to attend or listen to via echo. There is also one 2 hour seminar per week that each student must also attend.

Resources: The study guide in iLearn contains a list of resources for you to consult. Other resources will be made available on iLearn.

Policies and Procedures

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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