Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3125: The History and Political Development of Iraq

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Week 1: General Presentation of the Module, and Iraq before Iraq.
Week 2: The British Mandate: State Formation, Land and People of Modern Iraq.
Week 3: Monarchical Iraq, 1932-1958.

Week 4: Republican Iraq I: Qassim and the Arab Nationalists, 1958-68.

Week 5: Republican Iraq II: Ba‘th Party Rule, 1968-1990.

Week 6: Iraq’s Economy I (1970s- end 1980s): the Rise of a New State Bourgeoisie under Ba‘th Rule.

Week 7: The Gulf War and its Consequences: Sanctions, Intifada and KRG Formation.

Week 8: Saddam Hussein’s Strategy of Survival: Tribal/Religious Revival, Clannish Policies and Elites’ Management.

Week 9: Iraq’s Economy II (1990s): Sanctions and Economic Breakdown.

Week 10: Regime Change, Iraq post-2003.

Week 11: Conclusion: Iraq Dictatorship or Democracy?

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 Activities22 Lectures and seminars
Guided Independent study128 Directed learning and private study outside the classroom.

Online Resources

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