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IR3301   Politics and State Formation in the Middle East

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Tuesday 11am - 12 noon

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.

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), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Assessment pattern

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

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination =100%


Module coordinator: Dr W Naboulsi
Module teaching staff: Dr Wassim Naboulsi

Intended learning outcomes

  • Acquire a substantive and theoretically-informed understanding of ME politics
  • Acquire an understanding of theories pertaining to the region’s domestic political processes and institutions and their application to several ME countries
  • Develop a comparative and critical knowledge of ME states and politics
  • Articulate this understanding in oral form, through presentations and class discussion
  • Articulate this in written form in assessed work and end of semester examinations
  • Develop their research and analytical skills.