Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2051: War and Peace in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • familiarise you with the key issues and main developments in the politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict;
  • introduce you to the literature on the conflict and to contradictory interpretations of the conflict;
  • introduce you to the main issues concerning the politics of the Middle East peace process;
  • introduce you to the basic data and the relevant literature available; and
  • familiarise you with a range of perspectives held by different authors on the process.

The module will also aim to:

  • sharpen your presentational skills (e.g. argumentation, discussion, presentations);
  • introduce you to the complexities and skills required for effective diplomacy;
  • improve your written skills through briefing papers and essays; and
  • develop your appreciation of team work and openness to other’s ideas.

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 a knowledge of key issues in contemporary Middle East politics;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the actors, dynamics and trends in the peace process in the Middle East;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the peace process negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians;
4. demonstrate a knowledge of key issues in the Palestinian- Israeli conflict: refugees, settlements, Jerusalem, one state-two state solution;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. find, use and analyse secondary and primary data relevant to specific issue areas;
6. place contemporary political issues into larger contexts;
7. deploy critical arguments in analysing political issues and evaluating sources;
Personal and Key Skills8. demonstrate independent and group work including the presentation of material for group discussion articulating and defending positions on tutorial topics;
9. demonstrate analytical skills and the ability to digest, select and organise material;
10. produce well organised and coherent essays to a deadline.