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AIE154 - Understanding Middle East Politics


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Sally Totman Marshall




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour class per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2-hour class per week (recordings provided)


This unit looks at the Middle East on a country-by-country basis and examines the events that have contributed to making the region what it is today. How have history, ideology and tensions between local, regional and international actors resulted in conflicts and dilemmas that are still playing out? Case studies of states such as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia and others are utilised to develop an understanding of the modern Middle East and speculate upon its future.

This unit will assist those who feel like the Middle East is a region they should know more about, as well as those with ambitions to work in Defence, Intelligence, Journalism, Diplomacy or any other job where learning about this fascinating and complex part of the world could be important. No prior study of the Middle East is required.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Recognise the cultural assumptions they bring to discussion of the Middle East

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse a diverse range of sources pertaining to the Middle East

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop their understanding of Middle Eastern history and political issues and apply this to analysing modern dilemmas

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Analyse and Interpret popular media and the way it portrays the Middle East

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Articulate their opinion through authentic written and oral communication, including the creation of significant bodies of online material both as an individual and as part of a team

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


Develop an empathy for the inhabitants of the Middle East and the political dilemmas they live with

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual and/or Group) - Simulation OR Report   (10% individual and 50% team) = 60% OR Report - 60% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Reading and Writing Exercise   40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIE154 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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