Contemporary Politics of the Middle East adopts a thematic approach to studying the region. The module develops a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary issues that shape the Middle East. Particular attention is paid to the role of ideologies, religious radicalism, the role of the military, political parties, the emergence of civil societies, gender and the impact that democratisation and globalisation have upon the region.
Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict offers an in-depth study of the ongoing peace negotiations. The module develops a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary issues that shape the Israel-Palestine conflict through a detailed examination of the elements of a two-state solution. The module critically engages with the core issues of the conflict through the examination of the essential elements of a two state solution, which is the stated objective of the ongoing peace process. You will examine the issues of the national self-determination, the return of refugees, Jerusalem, borders, settlements and natural resources from human/state rights, conflict resolution and security perspectives. You will critically consider the stated positions of key actors. You will have the opportunity to pursue an aspect of the peace process in considerable depth.
Politics and International Relations of the Middle East Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisors and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.
You also study two of the following optional modules.
- Authoritarianism, Popular Revolt and Democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa
- Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
- International Political Economy
- Islam, Politics and Culture in the Middle East and North Africa
- Policing Post-Conflict Cities
Please note module options may be subject to change.
Formal contact time is two hours per week for each module, across an eleven-week semester.
Module tutors are available for consultation during their office hours, which are held on at least two days every week, and by appointment at other times.
During semester two, you will meet regularly with your dissertation supervisor to plan the topic area, design an analytical framework and carry out the requisite primary and secondary research to draft and complete the dissertation.
You are also allocated a personal tutor, with scheduled meetings each semester, where you discuss your overall academic progression and experience at University, as well as career planning and opportunities
In addition, you will benefit from extensive opportunities to interact with students and staff by attending our impressive range of research talks, guest lectures and seminars led by outside speakers or colleagues from within our department and University.
Teaching and learning
You will achieve your learning objectives through a combination of introductory lectures by our expert staff, lively seminar discussions, guided weekly readings as well as the completion of a piece of independent research in the form of essays of varying length under close supervision of your module leader.
As a postgraduate student, you will be expected to do a significant amount of preparatory reading before each session, and emphasis will be on student-led discussion to build critical and reflective confidence in a group environment.
Comprehensive reading lists are available for every module, and give you a structured guide to accessing the relevant concepts, debates and analyses which will ensure an in-depth knowledge of the relevant topics. For all modules, there is a guide to appropriate non-academic sources, including briefing papers, policy reports, datasets and appropriate media outlets.
In addition, you will benefit from extensive opportunities to interact with students and staff by attending our impressive range of research talks and seminars led by outside speakers or colleagues from within our department and University.
Within modules, assessment consists of a mixture of essays, exams and group presentations. At the end of your studies, a 12,000 word dissertation will allow you to pursue your own research interest under close supervision by one of our expert colleagues.