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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 paper 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 paper 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 First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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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 a sample course outline for POLS 210. (Students taking this paper should refer to blackboard for the current course outline)

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

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 10-15, 19-21
A2 Monday 10:00-10:50 10-15, 19-21
A3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 10-15, 19-21
A4 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-15, 19-21
A5 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 10-15, 19-21

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 main concepts and themes covered in the paper include the nature and impacts of tyranny, the drivers of conflict and the struggle for political participation. The course also explores the opportunities and threats to Middle Eastern societies, including the economic, environmental, social-demographic, political and geopolitical problems faced by overwhelmingly youthful populations in this vital region positioned at the centre of global affairs.

Paper title Politics of the Middle East
Paper code POLS210
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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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

Dr Leon Goldsmith

Textbooks

Recommended readings

  • Hinnebusch, R. & Gani, J. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook to the Middle East and North African State and States System (2019).
  • Harris, W. The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic. 4th edition, Markus Wiener (2015)
  • Sadiki, Larbi (ed.) Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization (2015).
  • Rowe, Paul (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East (2018)
  • Harris, W. Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict (2018)
  • Gasiorowski, M and Yom, S (eds.) The Government and Politics of the Middle East. 8th edition, Westview (2016)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Reliable and balanced empirical knowledge of the political structures and actors of the Middle East; An emerging theoretical capacity for explaining and interpreting the politics of a crucial region to global affairs.

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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
A1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Monday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41
A4 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A5 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41