POL41510 Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will explore political change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through a focus on the interactions of local, regional and international actors. The module will begin with an exploration of the emergence of modern states and the state system of the MENA region. Key themes in the postcolonial politics of the region will be examined, typically including topics such as political economy, conflict, the role of the security apparatus, and the impact of external actors. The module will conclude with a discussion of the recent Arab uprisings and their implications for analysis of the politics of the region.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to compare and contrast major approaches to international politics of the Middle East and North Africa, have a critical understanding of relevant concepts and theories, understand relevant historical and political factors; be able to analyse the role of national and international actors in the politics of the region

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Mix of online and in-class seminars
Critical writing
Reflective learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: 5000 word term paper Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: 4500 word essay Unspecified n/a Graded No


Group Project: Groupwork presentations throughout the trimester Unspecified n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be delivered within twenty working days of the submission of assignments in accordance with university policy.