International Relations of the Middle East
Explore the international politics and regional relations that shaped the Middle East this past century. Attempt to identify the issues at root in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Cover the impact the Cold War and the War on Terror has had on the region.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- undertake independent learning and research throughout the semester
- outline and critically evaluate theoretical debates related to the international relations of the Middle East
- outline the contemporary international relations of the Middle East
- raise awareness of the importance of a critical approach to the study of the international relations Middle East
- effectively communicate your understanding and analytical ability in both spoken and, particularly, polished written form
- 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
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-PLTX322 (Not currently available)
- MAQ-POIX322-International Relations of the Middle East (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-POIX2780-Middle-East Politics
- MAQ-POIX278-Middle-East Politics (No longer available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PLTX322, POL322, POL321, POIX322 Pre-requisite: 130cp at 1000 level or above OR (20cp in POL or POIR or POIX units at 2000 level). NCCW (2020 and onwards) POIR3220 International Relations of the Middle East
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as PLTX322, POIX322 International Relations of the Middle East.
This subject will introduce students to the key questions in the area of the International Relations of the Middle East. The course will emphasise the interrelatedness of national, regional and international dimensions to the understanding of the making of the contemporary Middle East. Major themes to be explored include globalisation and neo-liberalism, Political Islam, Democratisation and the crisis of government legitimacy across the region. The course will also examine the legacies of the Ottoman Era, Colonialism, the Cold War and the “War on Terror” on the shaping of the modern relations of the Middle East at both the regional and the international levels. The course will generally adopt a synoptic view of the region, by integrating historical and analytical frameworks. The final weeks will be dedicated to the analysis of the relevant case studies as well to the international political economy and the role of other global actors in the Middle East.
- Reflective journal (40%)
- Essay (60%)
Current study term: 24 Jul 22 to 06 Nov 22
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