Middle East studies



Middle East studies provide a comprehensive understanding of the events and issues shaping the region, with an 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. Importance is placed on the changing role of the US 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 are examined, 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’.

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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 organisations, including the education sector, federal defence agencies, government departments, immigration departments/consultancies, intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations and research.

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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
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