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    An exploration of the politics of the Arabian Peninsula states. Considers the domestic political landscapes of the various states, the dynamics amongst them, and their interactions with external actors.

    The Arabian Peninsula captures the imagination as a timeless land steeped in tradition, culture and faith. It is also the last global sub-region where absolute monarchy is the rule rather than the exception. Yet the states of the Arabian Peninsula constitute a land of immense diversity, rapid change, as well as risk and opportunity. This paper offers an academic and practical journey into this region at the core of the Arab-Islamic world. It supplies students with empirical, conceptual, theoretical, comparative and cultural-linguistic tools to be able to engage with the region on multiple levels.

    About this paper

    Paper title Politics of the Arabian Peninsula
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level POLS points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Basic knowledge of the principles of comparative politics or international relations or political economy would be beneficial.


    Teaching staff

    Dr Leon Goldsmith

    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper involves direct engagement and exchange with partners in the region through online platforms and other forms of engagement. It also includes some basic introductory conversational language instruction.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper. Course readings will be available through e-reserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global perspective; Interdisciplinary Perspective; Communication; Information Literacy; Cultural Understanding; Critical Thinking
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Be familiar with key literature and empirical knowledge of the Arabian Peninsula from political, economic, geographical and socio-cultural perspectives
    • Develop a level of awareness of the unique cultural and religious characteristics of the Arabian peninsula
    • Develop the capacity to critical analyse past, present and potential future developments in the Arabian Peninsula
    • Have the ability to work in team-based learning groups with the opportunity to engage in constructive cross-cultural discussions, debates, and scenarios


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 16:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 31-35, 37-41
    A2 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 31-35, 37-41
    A3 Tuesday 17:00-17:50 31-35, 37-41
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