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Middle East Studies - unit set code MJ-A000053

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


A major in Middle East Studies will give students a comprehensive understanding of the events and issues shaping the region. There will be 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. A particular stress will be placed on the changing role of the United States 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 will be examined throughout the sequence, 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'.

On successful completion of the Middle East Studies sequence, students should have the skills and capacities to:


  • comprehend and critically analyse debates in relation to the Middle East
  • understand the organisation of government in the Middle East and North Africa
  • communicate clearly, in written and oral form, about the issues of the Middle East
  • understand and explain the principles that inform political action at local, national and global levels in relation to the region
  • articulate a coherent argument in response to set topics
  • identify, understand and analyse political ideas and arguments


Level 1

Core units


Trimester 1

AIE153 Historical Foundations of the Middle East  


Trimester 2

AIE154 Modern Middle East Politics  


Level 2 and 3

Core units

Trimester 1


AIE255 Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics  


Trimester 2

AIE364 The Arab-Israeli Conflict  

Level 2 and 3

Elective units

Select 4 credit points from level 2 and 3 elective units.


Trimester 1

AIR245 American Foreign Policy  

AIH264 The Holocaust  

ASP214 Political Philosophy  


Trimester 2

ASC233 International Migration and Multicultural Societies  

AIR244 Conflict, Security and Terrorism  

AIR234 Order and Justice in World Politics  

ASP216 Ethics in Global Society  

AIR342 Theories of International Relations  


Trimester 3

AIE365 Middle East Study Tour  

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