Undergraduate Module Descriptor


ARA3185: EU and US Democracy Promotion in the Middle East and North Africa

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level6
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Lise Storm (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of the subject of EU andUSdemocracy promotion in the Middle East andNorth Africain the wake of the Arab Spring. The course makes use of a number of academic texts and policy papers on EU andUSdemocracy promotion and the state of the region's regimes. The module does, in other words, include material which is theoretical and/or empirical in nature. By utilizing different types of texts it is hoped that you will gain the skills to discuss the topic of EU democracy promotion both in a country specific and a theoretical setting. A final aim is to provide you with a level of knowledge that allows you to discuss the topic of EU andUSdemocracy promotion and the state of democracy, not only in the selected cases, but across the Middle East andNorth Africa.

This module on EU andUSdemocracy promotion in the Middle East and North Africa is designed for those students, who have an interest in theMiddle Eastand current affairs, most notably the Arab Spring. Among the key issues that will be discussed are how much the political systems appear to have changed in the different Arab states in the wake of the Arab Spring, if the EU and US could realistically have done more to assist democratization, and whether it should be promoting democracy in the region at all. In other words, by taking this module you will be facing the current events; topics that are new and relatively unchartered in the academic literature, and therefore exciting but also challenging. If you enjoy a challenge, if you find current events fascinating, and if you enjoy debating, this module is for you. There are no long lectures, very few 'correct' answers - everything is up for discussion, albeit in an academic manner.

No prior knowledge skills or experience are needed to take this module. There are no pre-requisites and co-requisites, but students are expected to have a general interest in theMiddle East, democracy and current affairs. The module is suitable for students with studying theMiddle Eastas well as non-specialist students. The module is also suitable for students that do not have a social science background, as long as they have a general interest in theMiddle East, democracy and current affairs.

Module created

30/01/2013

Last revised