Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM082: International Relations of the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Studying the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from an international relations perspective
  • The MENA regional system
  • Application of IR theories to the MENA
  • Regionalism in the MENA
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • The Gulf sub-region
  • The Levant sub-region & Israel-Palestine conflict
  • The Maghreb sub-region
  • External actors (1): the US and China
  • External actors (2): the EU and Russia
  • The impact of the 2011 uprisings

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study100Reading for seminars
Guided independent study178Completion of course work

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).