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PPR226 Comparative Politics of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East

Tutors: Sossie Kasbarian (Michaelmas) and Kunal Mukherjee(Lent)
Terms: Michaelmas and Lent

Course Description

This module will survey the comparative politics of Asia Pacific and the Middle East respectively. The syllabus will typically include the following topics: Introducing the region: a theoretical framework; Nationalism and nation-building; Democratisation; Colonialism and its Legacies; Gender and Politics; State and Citizenship; Social and Political Movements; Political Culture.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key issues in the Middle East and Asia Pacific;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key debates in and about the Middle East and Asia Pacific;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of case studies;
  • Be able to review and assess the main arguments and positions, demonstrated through verbal and written assessment;
  • Articulate their own position in relation to these arguments.

Assessment

40% coursework and 60% exam.
Coursework: 2 essays of 2500 words each. Exam 3 hours.

Teaching Method

Lecture (1.5 hours) and workshop (1 hour) weekly.

Introductory Reading

H Afshar Women and Politics in the Third World

C Baxter Government and Politics in South Asia

D Butenschon and

Hassassian (eds) Citizenship and the State in the Middle East

R Khalidi Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path

I H Malik Islam, Nationalism and the West: Issues of Identity in Pakistan

R Owen State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East

I Pappe The Modern Middle East.

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