Bachelor of Arts

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Middle East Studies


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)


Middle East studies provide a comprehensive understanding of the events and issues shaping the region, with an emphasis on both historical and contemporary issues relevant to the analysis of the Middle East as a regional system, as well as its place in the international system. Importance is placed on the changing role of the US in the Middle East since the end of the Cold War and its push to reshape the region’s political landscape according to American national interests. Several of the endemic conflict situations that exist in the Middle East are examined, including the War on Terror; the invasion and occupation of Iraq; the Israel-Palestine impasse; the 2006 Israel-Lebanon crisis; Iran’s nuclear ambitions; and the role of ‘rogue states’.

Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations, including the education sector, federal defence agencies, government departments, immigration departments/consultancies, intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations and research.


AIE153Historical Foundations of the Middle East

AIE154Modern Middle East Politics

AIE255Issues in Middle East Politics

AIH264The Holocaust

AIR200Global Capitalism and Power

ASP216Ethics in Global Society

AIS204Gender, Globalisation and Development

AIR203Human Rights in World Politics

AIE364The Arab-Israeli Conflict

AIR349Diplomacy and the United Nations

AIE365Middle East Study Tour


Major and Minor study - students must complete AIE153, AIE154, AIE255 and AIE364

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