Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Orientalism and its Critics: Studying the Middle East
    • International Relations of the Middle East
    • Introduction to the Middle East: The Ottoman Legacy and Colonialism
    • Post World War Two Order: The Invention of Israel and the Modern Middle East
    • The Middle East in the Cold War: 1950s and 1960s, From Mosaddeq to the Six Day War
    • The Middle East in the Cold War: From Nasserism to the Iranian Revolution
    • The Middle East in the Cold War: Civil War in Lebanon, Soviets in Afghanistan, and the Gulf War
    • The International Relations of Political Islam and Middle East Politics
    • The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East
    • Globalization and the Middle East
    • Democratization and the Middle East
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. undertake independent learning and research throughout the semester
  2. outline and critically evaluate theoretical debates related to the international relations of the Middle East
  3. outline the geography and contemporary international relations of the Middle East
  4. effectively communicate their understanding and analytical ability in both spoken and, particularly, polished written form
  5. participate and lead, when necessary, in class discussions
  6. use a wide range of written and digital resources related to Middle East politics
  7. raise awareness of the importance of a critical approach to the study of the international relations Middle East.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Paper10 (10%)
  • Assignment 4 - Participation (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PLTX322

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as PLTX322 International Relations of the Middle East.

This subject introduces students to the international politics of the Middle East, which includes patterns of interaction between the states of the region, and also relations between the region and the world. Topics covered include: the war against terrorism; the Arab–Israeli conflict; conflicts and interventions in the Persian Gulf; inter-Arab politics; and economic dependence and development in both their regional and international dimensions from the perspective of international relations. The first part of the subject concentrates on epistemological and historical issues involved in the analysis of the Middle East as a regional system and its place in the international system. The subject then moves on to an investigation of globalisation and democratisation in the Middle East, the prevalence of rogue states in the region and ways of containing them and several of the endemic conflict situations that exist. The conflicts to be examined are the Israel–Palestine confrontation, the Iraq wars and the war against terrorism. The subject also examines the impact of the New World Order on the Middle East.

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