Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitAustralian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Randall Geller


Previously coded HSY3095


As for ATS2580


Upon completion of this subject students will be able 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 democratisation.
  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.
  6. Demonstrate a greater level of sophistication and independence in their engagement with sources and the questions which they pose.
  7. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the theoretical issues that underpin the course and an ability to formulate and develop an independent research question which is grounded in a reading and analysis of primary sources.


Essay (2000 words): 40%
Tutorial work (500 words): 15%
Take home exam (1400 words): 30%
Class test (600 words, 40 minutes): 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study