Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM083: The Middle East Since 1945

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr William Gallois (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module deals with the history, culture and politics of the Arab World, Turkey and Iran after the Second World War. Its main aim is to study, in a general manner, the interaction between civil society and Islam, on the one hand, and the emergence of new ideologies, such as nationalism on the other. Moreover, Middle Eastern Societies are studied in the context of European rivalries, the Cold War and the onset of globalisation as defining characteristic s of a new world order. In this sense, modernity is understood to constitute a cluster of political, cultural and socio-economic developments which affected the internal dynamics of Middle Eastern history as well as the responses it elicited to meet the new challenges.

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