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The Middle East: Power and Ideology

  • Summer schools
  • Department of International Relations
  • Application code SS-IR160
  • Starting TBC
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

Please note: This course will not be running in 2022.

The course will examine the regional politics of the Middle East since 1918 and their interaction with problems of international security, global resources and great power/superpower/hyperpower policies. The course will analyse the phenomenon of political Islam by situating its emergence in the context of regional and global politics. It will also deal with more recent developments such as the 2011 Arab uprisings and their consequences.

Each of the lectures will be followed by a discussion class on a topic drawn from the lecture and readings. Active student participation is encouraged.


Session: N/A
Dates: N/A
Lecturers: Dr Katerina Dalacoura and Dr Amnon Aran


 

 

Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)


*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment

Prerequisites

None.

Programme structure

  • The emergence of the state system in the Middle East
  • US policies in the Middle East
  • The post-Cold War and post 9/11 periods
  • Arab nationalism
  • Political Islam 
  • The foreign policies of individual states: Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Iran 
  • Non-state actors: Hamas, Hizbullah, al Qaeda, ISIS 
  • Middle East conflicts  
  • The 2011 Arab Uprisings

Course outcomes

Students will gain a grounding in the development of international relations of the Middle East so as to enable them to relate events to analytic issues in the study of International Relations.

Teaching

With a vibrant research culture, the LSE Department of International Relations is one of the oldest and largest in the world, and remains a leading world centre for the development of the subject. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, the LSE Government and International Relations Departments' joint submission was ranked first in the UK for the percentage of its research graded world leading or internationally excellent (88%). LSE also came top in the Politics and International Studies REF panel in terms of the most research publications graded “world leading” (4*); the absolute number of top-rated research outputs.         

LSE’s Department of International Relations ranked 5th in the world in the 2018 QS World University ranking for Politics and International Studies.

On this three-week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s international relations faculty.

Reading materials

F. Halliday, The Middle East in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology, Cambridge University Press (2005).

R. Hinnebusch, & A. Ehteshami,(eds), The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, Lynne Rienner (new edition 2014).

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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