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Middle East Politics - Non-credit bearing


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This is a non-credit bearing course but can also be taken as a credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

This Middle East Politics short course will equip you with well-informed analyses and a thorough understanding of the domestic political structures and international relations of the region in contemporary historical contexts.

We focus on the region post-2003, and the issues of authoritarianism and democratisation, sectarianism and Islamist politics, besides treatment of structural issues in the regional political economy. Then we study the role and place of the region in British, European and Western policy, and the effects of Middle East politics on Western states and societies.

We aim to cover the following content:

  • The Middle East as a region
  • Colonialism and ‘Nation-State’ systems
  • Ideologies: nationalism; socialism; Islamism
  • Political regimes and outcomes
  • Social forces and popular culture
  • Minorities and (international) migration
  • Secularism in power and opposition
  • Political (petro)economy and geopolitics
  • Core issues in Israel/Palestine
  • Middle East foreign policy
  • American and European Middle East policy
  • Islamist politics
  • Sectarianism (the ‘Shiite Crescent’)
  • Authoritarianism and democratisation

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    Middle East Politics is a postgraduate-level course, so you should have at least a second-class honours degree in humanities or social science, though other qualifications may be considered.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.