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IR3300   Conflict in the Middle East

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Tue

This module examines conflict in the modern Middle East looking at the causes, development and consequences of different types of conflict in the region including interstate, civil war, ethnic, religious and terrorism. It examines state formation and the development of competing ideologies. The legacies of these processes are explored through case studies e.g. the Arab-Israeli conflict, Lebanon and Iraq. The rise of political Islam in the region impacts on state-society relations and both its militant and non-violent manifestations will be examined. The region has been characterised by authoritarian regimes and this legacy and the impact of the 2011 Uprisings will be explored including conflicts in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. Developments within Shia Islam will be covered in relation to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its impact on regional security. The question of external intervention in the Middle East is also addressed in relation to Iraq post-2003 and the 2011 Arab Uprisings.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), The class will be divided into multiple tutorial groups to allow small group discussion. 2 hour examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%


Module teaching staff: Dr F McCallum