Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2166: Revolution, Reform or Status Quo

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

  • Introduction: The persistence of authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Tunisia. Ben Ali’s regime and its demise: A facelift or profound change?
  • Algeria. The bloodshed of the 1990s and the merits of authoritarianism
  • Morocco. The monarchy as a guarantor of stability: Domestic and international perspectives
  • Egypt. The 2010 elections and their aftermath: The end of the line for the Mubarak family?
  • Libya. Qadhafi and the War on Terror: Lessons on how to stay in power
  • Sudan. The reign of Omar al-Bashir and the secession of the south
  • Pacts or revolutions? Theories of regime change
  • Debating the pros and cons of regime change
  • Essay workshop
  • Revision

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 activity22Teaching will take the form of seminars and brief lectures. Each week's class will begin with student presentations, followed by a seminar organized around the discussion of the theme of the week. The discussion will make reference to the presentations, the texts read at home, and current events, which students are expected to keep up to date with. At the end of each week's class, there will be a short lecture by the module convenor to ensure that all material has been covered fully...
Guided independent study128A variety of independent study activities directed by your module leader

Online Resources

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

Other Learning Resources

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the various libraries.