Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2090: Violence, Conflict and Religion in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Aneta Brockhill (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


In recent years, we have witnessed serious political and social turmoil in the Middle East; the civil war in Syria, the rise of so-called Islamic State, the escalation of the Israel-Palestine conflict, or violent sectarianism between Sunni and Shi’a communities. The events have had huge repercussions for, and far beyond, the region, making the Middle East one of the most important to understand in global politics. In this module, we will examine the major political, social, ideological and religious factors that have led, and contributed, to the region's current upheavals. Topics examined in this module, amongst others, are: nationalism, ethnic and religious divisions, the rise of contemporary political Islamism in its militant form, the legacy of colonialism and foreign involvements, and economic challenges. Through interactive and participatory lectures and seminars, we will discuss the latest events and analyse them within a historical and political context. This will allow you to develop a systematic understanding of the current situation in the Middle East.


No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module, and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. 

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