Middle East studies



Middle East Studies provides a comprehensive understanding of the events and issues shaping one of the most politically complex and fascinating regions of the world. The core units pursue a variety of strategies to unpack the history and systems of the Middle East, leading students towards developing an improved comprehension of why situations such as the Syrian Civil War, the Israel-Palestine impasse and the War on Terror present the region and the wider world with so many challenges. Through exploring topic areas that include media representation, human rights and humanitarian intervention, as well as learning about specific states, the Middle East Studies major offers both depth and breadth in its coverage. Innovative assessment practices that include one of the world's largest political role-play simulations support the learning journey.

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MJ-A000053 (major)

MN-A000053 (minor)


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

Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of sectors, including aid and development organisations, education, the defence forces, foreign affairs and trade, government departments (including immigration and border security), intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations and research roles.

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  • To complete a Major sequence in Middle East Studies  select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Middle East Studies select the following four (4)  units: AIE153, AIE154, AIE255 and AIE364

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

  • History of the Middle East AIE153
  • Understanding Middle East Politics AIE154
  • Complete the following unit from level 2:

  • Critical Issues in Middle East Politics AIE255
  • Complete a further 3 units from level 2:

  • The Holocaust AIH264
  • Global Capitalism and Power AIR200
  • Ethics in Global Society ASP216
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development AIS204
  • Human Rights in World Politics AIR203
  • Complete the following unit from level 3:

  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict AIE364
  • Complete a further unit from level 3:

  • Diplomacy and the United Nations AIR349
  • Middle East Study Tour AIE365