Units of Study

ARIS3675 - Society and Politics in the Middle East

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Sahar Amer


This unit focuses on the dynamics of society and politics in the modern Middle East, including the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. It investigates issues of diversity, commonality, continuity and change, Ottoman legacy and European colonial impact, traditional and modern elites, the role of oil, regional conflicts, Arab regional system and responses to globalisation, US policies and Western interests, dynamics of state, society and religion, women's rights, civil society and democratisation in the Middle East.


1x2400wd essay (40%), 1xpresentation (equivalent to 1200wds) (20%), final exam or assignments (equivalent to 2400wds) (40%)


2x1-hr seminars/week


ARIS1001 or ARIS1671



Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.


  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm



Seminar 1




Seminar 2

1 This class runs from Week 1 to Week 5
2 This class runs from Week 6 to Week 13

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