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|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points.
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
- Teaching staff
- Professor William Harris
- 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
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- Learning Outcomes
- Nuanced understanding of a different political and cultural environment.