Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM198: Political Economy of the Gulf

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


Politics of oil and rent in the Gulf: Economic structure, political effects

Political economy of Saudi Arabia

Political economy of Iran

The 'Dubai model' and political economy of the smaller Gulf states

Labour market and citizenship

Business and politics in the Gulf

The question of water and environment in the Arabian Peninsula

Gulfization of the Middle East political economy

The GCC states in the global economy

Diversification and economic reform: Towards a post-oil Gulf?

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 Activities22 Lectures/Seminars
Guided independent study110Reading for lectures/seminars
Guided independent study70Preparation and writing of summative essay
Guided independent study70Preparation of 2 x individual presentations
Guided independent study28Further reading and reflection

Online Resources

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

Other Learning Resources

Middle East Economic Digest (MEED)

Gulf States Newsletter