Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3163: Politics and Reform in the Gulf

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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 22 hours13 hours of lectures and convenor-facilitated discussions regarding materials covered in lecture; 9 hours of group presentations and class discussion regarding presentations
Guided Independent study128 hours33 hours of reading for class; 95 hours of preparing for assignments through researching, planning and writing an essay

Online Resources

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