Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM082: International Relations of the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module seeks to analyse what it is about the political dynamics of the MENA region which pulls the region in conflicting directions, and to consider what options exist for creating more favourable conditions in the future. This module will acquaint you with the dynamics and main trends and events in the international politics of the Middle East; and help you to explore whether and how particular International Relations approaches may be applied to the Middle East. You will be guided in the range of views held by different authors and will be encouraged to both engage critically with them and develop your own position

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of key issues in the International politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA);
2. demonstrate a detailed and critical understanding of the actors, dynamics and trends in the regional politics;
3. demonstrate familiarity with, and critical application of, the main analytical frameworks that relate to the international relations of the MENA
Discipline-Specific Skills4. find, use and analyse secondary and primary data relevant to specific issue areas;
5. to place contemporary issues in larger contexts;
6. deploy critical arguments in analysing issues and evaluating sources
Personal and Key Skills7. work independently and in groups including the presentation of material for group discussion;
8. demonstrate strong analytical skills; digest, select and organise material; and
9. demonstrate excellent writing skills including the ability to produce well organised and coherent essays to a deadline; practice in articulating and defending positions on the seminar topics