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AIE153 - Historical Foundations of the Middle East

Unit details

Year2015 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%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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