The Politics of the Modern Middle East

COURSE INFORMATION

COURSE NAME

The Politics of the Modern Middle East

Course Code

BS 0630-1

Course Type

Elective

Level of Course

Undergraduate

Year of Study

3-4

Term

Spring

ECTS Credits

5

Name of Instructor

Dr. Yorgos Christidis, Assistant Professor

E-mail

gxristidis@uom.gr

Office Hours

 

In-Classroom Study

Yes

Out-of-Classroom Study

No

Objective of the Course

To introduce students to the politics of a region of great geo-strategic importance and study some of the greatest challenges to the world order today, such as nationalism, religious extremism and energy.

Prerequisites

None

Course Contents

The making of the modern Middle East, Arab nationalism and radicalism, the Zionist project, great powers’ rivalry, oil politics,  political Islam.  

Recommended Readings

CLEVELAND L. William, A History of the Modern Middle East, Boulder, Westview Press, 2nd edition, 2000.

Teaching Methods

Lecture and documentaries

Assesment Methods

Class participation, essay presentation and 75% final exams

Language of Instruction

English

Course Schedule

 

1st Week

Approaches to the study of the Middle East Politics Regional Subsystem - Big Power Intervention

2nd Week

The Origins of the contemporary Middle East: Historical Legacies & Competing visions (ideologies)

3rd Week

Leadership in Middle East

4th Week

Regime types and Regime changes in the Middle East

5th Week

Crisis and Conflicts in the Middle East (1)

6th Week

Crisis and Conflicts in the Middle East (2)

7th Week

Crisis and Conflicts in the Middle East (3)

8th Week

Peace Process in the Middle East

9th Week

Alliance Making/Conflicts between Arab and Peripheral States

10th Week

Internal Conflicts

11th Week

The Kurdish Question

12th Week

The Essential Factors: Oil and water sources

13th Week

Essay presentations