Middle East Politics

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

This online Middle East Politics unit from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University focuses on the region's ongoing relations with the West and the current 'war against terrorism'. In this unit, you will also cover the emergence and future prospects of religious fundamentalism and the rise of Arab nationalism and Zionism.

Students will also learn about the Arab-Israeli conflict, the 2003 Iraq War and the impact of globalism.

At the completion of this unit, you will be able to outline and critically evaluate theoretical debates related to the contemporary politics of the Middle East. Students will use a wide range of written and digital resources related to Middle East politics to achieve these core-learning outcomes.

Eligibility

You should have studied some politics at level 1 prior to undertaking this unit.

Areas of study

In this Middle East Politics unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The Middle East: introduction and definitions
  • The Ottoman legacy and colonialism
  • The post-colonial states in the Middle East
  • Arab nationalism and The ‘Arabization' of the Palestinian question
  • The `end of Pan-Arabism' and the `remaking' of a regional order
  • The politics of religious revival. The `Islamic revolution' in Iran
  • Preparation for essay submission
  • Gender politics
  • Political and economic reform
  • The United States and the Middle East
  • Iraq and Iran in the 21st Century
  • Crises in the centre of the system: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and political instability in Lebanon
  • Examination week

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit helps prepare students looking to carve a career in areas such as diplomatic relations, government and media. A thorough understanding of Middle East politics and ideologies will expand on your knowledge of government structures and politics of different regions.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Middle East Politics from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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