Contemp. Politics of the M. East & N. Africa

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemp. Politics of the M. East & N. Africa

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, International Politics, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module is a comparative politics course and introduces students to the field of Middle Eastern and North African politics. We will begin the course with an overview of the most relevant political developments in the region over the course of the last century and examine their impact on the current political, social and economic arrangements. The core of the course deals with the role that Islam plays in the political sphere and, in particular its relation with democratization, authoritarianism and individual rights. Foreign relations of the countries in the region and the international politics of MENA state are also examined. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain political events and phenomena in a much misunderstood region of the world
    2. Understand the role and functions of authoritarian structures of governance
    3. Apply key concepts and theories of political science to the Middle East and North Africa.
    4. Analyse regional events in the context of theories of international politics.
    5. Examine major concepts and puzzles that exist in Middle East and North Africa politics