Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3136: The History and Political Development of Iraq

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of the modern history and politics of one of the most critical state actors in Middle East politics. The module aims to generate among students an appreciation of how social, economic, political, and international forces have met in Iraq, culminating in the contemporary post-2003 situation. The module aims to make students familiar with the latest scholarship on Iraq, and engage with actual actors who will be invited to selected lectures.

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 understanding of Iraq's historical development;
2. Assess and analyze Iraq's internal political and social structures;
3. Demonstrate comprehension of Iraq's position in the region;
4. Analyze and assess Iraq's economy;
5. Examine Saddam Hussein's emergence and rule, the Gulf wars, the international sanctions, and the 'regime change';
6. Apply and discuss theories of state-building, nationalism, political economy, and democratic transition.
Discipline-Specific Skills7. Discuss and analyze historical material;
8. Critically evaluate the forces of state and nation formation;
9. Embrace a multi-disciplinary approach in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of a particular country;
10. Undertake a study from a multi-disciplinary perspective;
11. Employ visual aids in project work.
Personal and Key Skills12. Demonstrate skills in time management;
13. Demonstrate skills in using information technology;
14. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills;
15. Demonstrate abilities to work effectively in study groups with limited guidance;
16. Demonstrate skills to plan and produce course-work to a deadline.