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School of Politics and International Relations

POL365 The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East

(POL365A – Autumn)

Level: 6

Credits: 15 credits

Semester: A

Contact: Dr Christopher Phillips

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: POL106

Compulsory for: None

Associate availability: Full year and Autumn students


This module is designed to provide an introduction to the politics of the contemporary Middle East from the end of the First World War until the present day.  The module aims to put the politics of the Middle East in the broader perspective of comparative political science and international relations.  It will help students to develop a broad understanding of how the contemporary Middle East has evolved since 1918 and to identify and examine the key issues dominating politics in the region.  It will deal with major contemporary themes like the rise of political Islam, the political economy of oil and the prevalence of politically motivated violence.

Assessment: 1 x 1,500 word essay (40%), and 2 hour Exam (60%)