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POLS210 Tyranny, Terror and the Politics of the Middle East

An introduction to the crisis-ridden affairs of the Middle East and North Africa, including spillover into the wider world. Political regimes and sources of war and terrorism across the region.

The course explores the comparative politics and international relations of Middle Eastern countries, including non-state and sub-state entities. We investigate state, nation, sectarianism, gender, autocracy, and democracy in the Middle Eastern context. The course accords special attention to the recent Arab uprisings, the Syria and Iraq crises, jihadism, and Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

Paper title Tyranny, Terror and the Politics of the Middle East
Paper code POLS210
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor William Harris
Textbooks
Recommended readings
Fawcett, Louise (ed.) The International Relations of the Middle East. 4th edition, Oxford (2016)
Gasiorowski, M and Yom, S (eds.) The Government and Politics of the Middle East. 8th edition, Westview (2016)
Harris, W. The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic. 4th edition, Markus Wiener (2015)
Schwedler, J (ed.) Understanding the Contemporary Middle East. 4th edition, Rienner (2014)
MacQueen, B. An Introduction to Middle East Politics. Sage (2013)
Course outline
View the course outline for POLS 210
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Nuanced understanding of a different political and cultural environment.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-32, 36-37, 40
T3 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-32, 36-37, 40

An introduction to the crisis-ridden affairs of the Middle East and North Africa, including spillover into the wider world. Political regimes and sources of war and terrorism across the region.

The course explores the comparative politics and international relations of Middle Eastern countries, including non-state and sub-state entities. We investigate state, nation, sectarianism, gender, autocracy, and democracy in the Middle Eastern context. The course accords special attention to the post-2010 Arab uprisings, the continuing Syria and Iraq crises, jihadism, and Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

Paper title Tyranny, Terror and the Politics of the Middle East
Paper code POLS210
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor William Harris
Textbooks
Recommended readings
Fawcett, Louise (ed.) The International Relations of the Middle East. 4th edition, Oxford (2016)

Gasiorowski, M and Yom, S (eds.) The Government and Politics of the Middle East. 8th edition, Westview (2016)

Harris, W. The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic. 4th edition, Markus Wiener (2015)

Schwedler, J (ed.) Understanding the Contemporary Middle East. 4th edition, Rienner (2014)

MacQueen, B. An Introduction to Middle East Politics. Sage (2013)
Course outline
View the course outline for POLS 210
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Nuanced understanding of a different political and cultural environment.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-32, 36-37, 39-40
T2 Friday 10:00-10:50 29-32, 36-37, 39-40
T3 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-32, 36-37, 39-40