Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3092: Comparative Government, Politics, and Society in the Contemporary 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 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:


  1. Introduction to the Module. The Middle East : Between Image and Reality
  2. Beyond Orientalism
  3. From Empire to the Nation States
  4. The People of the Middle East
  5. Political Systems
  6. Religion and Government
  7. States in transition
  8. Economic challenges
  9. Civil Society

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 & Teaching activities111 x 11 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities111 x 11 hour student led seminars
Guided independent study37Reading assignments and preparing responses for seminar questions
Guided independent study36Research and preparation of student-led seminar
Guided independent study15Research and composition of essay plan
Guided independent study37Research and composition of essay
Guided independent study3Composition of peer reviews

Online Resources

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


Jordan Times (Jordan) www.jordantimes.com

Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt) www.weekly.ahram.org.eg

Haaretz Daily (Israel) www.haaretzdaily.com

Iran Daily (Iran) www. Iran-daily.com

Turkish Daily News (Turkey) www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/

Central Intelligence Agency CIA World Factbook www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook

Freedom House, www.freedomhouse.org