International Relations of the Modern Middle East (L2065S)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

The Middle East remains at the centre-stage of international politics and media, yet its specificities and complexities continue to challenge politicians and academics.

You'll explore the explanatory potentials of a three-dimensional international, social and historical approach to modern political history of the Middle East.

You will:

  • critically survey the traditional theoretical approaches to the analysis of Middle East politics
  • delineate the broader historical contours of the contemporary politics of the region by retracing the socio-international context and outcomes of the formation of 'modern' Middle Eastern states
  • get an in-depth analysis of three major contemporary political developments in the region: The Iranian Revolution, the Arab-Israeli conflict and Iraq War.

You will also briefly evaluate the broader implications of an international-historical approach to the study of the Middle East for theory and practice of international relations.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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