Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2162: Political Economy of Development in the Middle East

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The list of topics for the class sessions are as follows:

  • General presentation of the module and group formation.
  • The question of development; Rich and poor states in the Middle East.
  • Human Development, income and wealth distribution.
  • The oil market; OPEC and OAPEC.
  • Oil and economic development: the rentier state and beyond?
  • Water in development and conflict in the MENA region.
  • Population and labor migration in the MENA region.
  • Regional integration in the Arab world.
  • Political and economic liberalization in the MENA region.
  • Globalization and the Middle East.
  • Middle Eastern economies: beyond oil and gas?

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 activities136.5 hours of lectures and 6.5 hours of convenor-facilitated student discussions regarding materials covered in lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities96 hours of group presentations and 3 hours of class discussion regarding presentations
Guided Independent Study33Reading for class (approximately 90 pages of material across 3 readings per class)
Guided Independent Study95Preparing for assignments through researching, planning and writing essays

Online Resources

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

The corresponding ELE page is located here: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=46.