United Kingdom, London

Middle East in Global Politics

when 25 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course places the modern Middle East in its international context, exploring histories of empire and decolonisation, hegemony and resistance, conflict and cooperation, as well as identity and foreign policy. It is informed by a rigorous engagement with theories of international relations. The course begins with an exploration of the different historical phases of interaction between Middle East states and the international system. These are divided into the colonial, Cold War and post-Cold War periods. Lectures will cover the early settler colonies, Britain’s informal empire in the Gulf, and the Anglo-French mandates, as well as the rise of Turkey and Israel, and the challenge represented by the pan-Arabist revolutionary states, followed by discussion of the Middle East’s place in the post-Cold War unipolar era.

Each of these phases is discussed in tandem with relevant influential paradigms and concepts of international relations theory used to study the Middle East in its international context. Attention is paid to the question of the features of a regional sub-system, as well as the subfield of foreign policy analysis in international relations. The second section of the course tackles key themes in international relations, such as transnationalism, globalisation and identity, security and threat, as well as gender. The final section of the course considers conflict and cooperation. This will involve analysis of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as Arab regional integration. The course ends with consideration of foreign policy making and key actors relating to the Middle East regional system, with systematic investigation of the foreign policies of regional powers, pivotal states, and small states.

Course leader

Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to (please list up to a maximum of three learning outcomes).

to demonstrate familiarity with the relevant theories of international relations and foreign policy analysis necessary to investigate themes in Middle East regional and international politics;
to demonstrate a strong grasp of the history of the region since its emergence as a modern state system at the turn of the last century;
to familiarise students with the relevant theoretical debates and empirical cases pertaining to issues of Middle East regional and international politics such as imperialism, cooperation and conflict, regionalism, hegemony and dependence;
to inspire students to continue with further study or interest in the Middle East

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.



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