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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Politics of the Middle East
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    Dr Leon Goldsmith


    Highly recommended reading:

    Monshipouri, Mahmoud, (2019). Middle East Politics: Changing Dynamics, Routledge.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will acquire:

    • 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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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