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AIE153 - Historical Foundations of the Middle East

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Totman Marshall




Incompatible with: AIE253
Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1x 2 hour Class

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


The primary objective of this unit is to introduce students to the broad history of the Middle East from ancient times until the end of the Second World War. Additionally, an exploration will be undertaken of how Western impressions of the Middle East are shaped by cultural relativism and popular culture. The first three weeks of the unit will examine our preconceptions of the region and discuss the concept of Orientalism. The remaining weeks will provide an historical chronology of the Middle East. Emphasis will be placed upon the region as the cradle of civilizations, the birth of the three great monotheistic religions and the deepening involvement of Western powers over the centuries and clashes of political ideologies this has brought about.


Map Quiz 10%

Essay 60%

Exam 30%

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All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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