Middle East Politics

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Middle East Politics

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The politics of the Middle East have rarely played as significant a role in international affairs as they do
    today. This module introduces students to the emergence of the modern Middle East and key concepts, theories
    and themes in the political life of the region. The first part of the module addresses broad historical
    background, including the emergence and consolidation of the modern state-system in the Middle East. The second
    part of the module examines a number of contemporary issues including political economy, gender and the public
    sphere, political Islam and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The module concludes with an engagement with the impact
    of external actors on the Middle East and the implications of recent changes in the politics of the region.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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