POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East

Academic Year 2022/2023

The Middle East is often considered one of the most conflict-laden regions in the world. In this module, we study the psychology of political actors involved in conflict (both violent and nonviolent) in this region. First, we introduce psychological frameworks that help us understand conflict more generally. Then we apply these frameworks to recent and historical cases in the region, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the Arab Spring, Lebanon, and the refugee crisis.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have:
- systematic understanding of the value of psychology to study political conflict
- the ability to apply theories and concepts from psychology to the study of conflict
- the ability to evaluate key debates on conflict in the Middle East
- extensive knowledge of the Middle East

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; debates; case-based learning; student presentations

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
Continuous Assessment: Writing assignments Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Essay: Final paper Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

We will discuss the assignments in class (before and after submission).