Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM082: International Relations of the Middle East

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


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks), term 2 (0 weeks) and term 3 (0 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Irene Fernandez-Molina ()





Available via distance learning


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a region of stark contrasts. From some perspectives it appears to have a strong cohesiveness, with numerous religious, cultural and economic relations which bind it together into a unitary whole. From other perspectives, divisive forces, internal and external, historical and contemporary, are ever-present and seem to combine to fragment the region into several areas of conflict and competition. More recently, rebellion and the re-alignment of old alliances point to a new era of both division and the need for intensive reform or conflict management. These are issues you will explore in this module.

As an MA module, it assumes that students have both a general grounding in the historical developments of the region and a general familiarity with current events of the region. It is not an introduction to International Relations theory, but an attempt to use and apply that theory to key events of the past and contemporary case studies in the region.

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