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IR3301 Politics and State Formation in the Middle East

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:11.00 am Tue

This module examines the modern political history of the Middle East, concentrating on the period since 1945. It examines how the pre-modern historical heritage of the region, the impact of imperialism and the advance of modernisation have shaped contemporary politics. The module also examines contemporary political ideologies and movements, elites, the role of the military, authoritarian state structures, economic development policies, and the prospects of Islamization and democratisation. This is done through case studies mainly of Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and, to a lesser extent, other countries.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations, Middle East Studies and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005 and IR2006
UG Anti-requisite(s):IR3109

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%


Module coordinator:Dr A Saouli
Module teaching staff:Dr A Saouli