Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3091: Foreign Policy in the Middle East

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

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module will:

  1. provide you with an understanding of the history of the region since its emergence as a modern state system to the present day.
  2. explain how concepts of (anti)imperialism, cooperation and conflict, regionalism, hegemony and dependence influence the foreign policy decision making in a specific global region
  3. analyse in-depth case studies of MENA states and the factors that influence their foreign policies.
  4. inspire you to continue with further study or interest in the International relations and MENA politics.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a deep understanding of how the foreign policy making of MENA states’ is impacted and influenced by their history, alliances, natural resources, systems of governance, and domestic politics in relation to the international affairs during the same period;
2. demonstrate a detailed and comprehensive understanding of MENA politics and state decision-making processes;
3. apply a range of theoretical and political science concepts to MENA case studies;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. provide informed critical analysis and construct a coherent and convincing argument that includes theoretical and empirical evidence;
5. demonstrate ability to conduct critical comparative political analysis;
Personal and Key Skills6. collaborate effectively with peers in order to present ideas and facilitate discussions;
7. design and deliver engaging presentation, to the standard of a conference paper, that present an argument and stimulates discussion.