Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2162: Political Economy of Development in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Marc Valeri (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to the main themes and dynamics in the political economy of the Middle East, at the domestic, regional and global levels. We will examine common themes and issues that Middle Eastern economies face but also how these issues have had differing impacts in different regions and countries. We will begin by examining economic development and progress to studying a number of issues relevant in the region such as the role of oil wealth, the prevalence of labor migration, conflicts over water, economic liberalization, and the level of regional integration amongst Middle Eastern nations. By the conclusion of this module, you should have a good understanding of some of the major issues affecting the political economy of the Middle East and their effects both within and outside of the region. There are no prerequisites or co-requisites to this module.

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