Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3092: Comparative Government, Politics, and Society in the Contemporary Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 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 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Aneta Brockhill (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The Middle East has often been portrayed in literature and media, as a homogeneous socio-political and economic entity, and currently associated with conflict, religious extremism, and non-democratic governments. In fact, however, the region provides a rich contrast in political, social, cultural and economic spheres. The module seeks to explore the heterogeneous nature of the region through a comparative analytical perspective. We will focus on a number of states and societies in the region, examining vital concepts and questions of comparative politics: political regimes, political ideology, civil society, state-society relations, and political economy. You will have an opportunity to select, and focus on a country or society of your interest in assessed work, providing you with an opportunity to develop special expertise in particular areas of interest. The analysis of numerous case studies will help you to understand modern Middle Eastern politics and the complexity of the region.


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

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