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HSY2095 - The Middle East in the Twentieth Century

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Andrew Markus


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit examines aspects of contemporary Middle Eastern politics encompassing both the Arab and the non-Arab worlds. The political culture, development and processes of key countries will be analysed. Regional relationships and conflicts will be examined, including the ongoing Gulf Conflict, the Lebanon War, and the Arab-Israel conflict. The implications for wider international politics will also be considered.


Upon completion of this subject students will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, ethnic and religious diversity of the Middle East upon which contemporary political complexity is based.
  2. Show an awareness of the major political cultures, structures, actors and issues in the contemporary Middle East.
  3. Understand the causes of regional; conflicts and the preconditions for their resolution, as well as the reasons for persistent authoritarianism and the prospects for political reform and democratization.
  4. Appreciate the major theories explaining Middle Eastern political realities.
  5. Display an ability for political scrutiny, awareness of the broad range of sources and interpretations of Middle Eastern politics and a careful use of evidence and logical argumentation in discussing Middle Eastern issues.


Essay (2000 words): 40%
Tutorial work (500 words): 15%
Take home exam (1400 words): 30%
Class test (40 minutes): 15%

Contact hours

2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week


JWC2095, PLT2490, PLT2492, HSY3095