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POIR2780 – Middle-East Politics

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jumana Bayeh
Karim Pourhamzavi
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The uprisings that gripped the Arab world in 2011, the ongoing violence in Syria, the mixed results of the revolution in Egypt and the emergence of ISIS in 2014 have refocused world attention on the Middle East and its relations with the West. This unit introduces students to the domestic politics of the Middle East, and to the intellectual and ideological currents shaping those politics. The first weeks are devoted to the contemporary history of the region from the late nineteenth century to the rise of post-colonial states in the region. Broad-ranging theoretical concepts necessary for an understanding of Middle Eastern political processes, and different ways of looking at those processes, are considered in the first part. The unit then examines the structure of government and the politics of the region, drawing on some of the ideas from the earlier part of the unit. Particular attention is paid to the region’s ongoing relations with the West and the “war against terrorism”; the emergence and future prospects of religious fundamentalism; and the rise of Arab nationalism and Zionism. The Arab-Israeli conflict, the 2003 Iraq War and the impact of globalisation are also covered.

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 the geography and contemporary history of the Middle East.
  • ULO3: Effectively communicate their understanding and analytical ability in both spoken and, particularly, polished written form.
  • ULO4: Use a wide range of written and digital resources related to Middle East politics to convey, in essays and discussions, convincing arguments and ideas about the region.
  • ULO5: Raise awareness of the importance of a critical approach to the study of the Middle East, by adopting macro (‘big picture’) perspectives discussed in the unit and integrating theory and empirical evidence.

General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests. The criteria and standards for each assignment will be made available via iLearn.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Essay 60% No 8 April, 2021 5pm
Exam 40% No 31 May - 6 June, 2021

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 8 April, 2021 5pm
Weighting: 60%

 

Write an essay of 2000 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 the geography and contemporary history of the Middle East.
  • Effectively communicate their understanding and analytical ability in both spoken and, particularly, polished written form.
  • Use a wide range of written and digital resources related to Middle East politics to convey, in essays and discussions, convincing arguments and ideas about the region.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of a critical approach to the study of the Middle East, by adopting macro (‘big picture’) perspectives discussed in the unit and integrating theory and empirical evidence.

Exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 31 May - 6 June, 2021
Weighting: 40%

 

The final exam will be delivered online. It will require students to demonstrate knowledge of the key concepts and debates examined in the unit. Responses to several tasks will total approximately 2,000 words.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Undertake independent learning and research throughout the semester.
  • Outline the geography and contemporary history 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 two 1 hour lectures per week that all students are expected to attend or listen to via echo. There is also one 1 hour tutorial 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.

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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

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