Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3163: Politics and Reform in the Gulf

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

  • Introduction and module organisation; traditional socio-political characteristics and dynamics of the Gulf states.
  • The politics of oil and rent in the Gulf; historical review of political reform trends in the Gulf
  • Politics and Reform in Saudi Arabia
  • Politics and Reform in Kuwait
  • Politics and Reform in Bahrain
  • Politics and Reform in Oman
  • Politics and Reform in Qatar and the UAE
  • Politics and Reform in Iran
  • Politics and Reform in Iraq
  • Media, women and human rights in the Gulf
  • Conclusions: towards democratisation or liberalised autocracy?

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity 13Lectures and convenor-facilitated discussions regarding materials covered in lecture
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity 9Group presentations and class discussion regarding presentations
Guided Independent Study33Reading for class;
Guided Independent Study95Preparing for assignments through researching, planning and writing an essay.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).