The Modern Middle East

Subject 131-066 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first-year history.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Richard Pennell
Subject Overview:

This subject is a historical survey of the major events, movements and relationships that have participated in the making of the modern Islamic and Arab Middle East since the onset of European penetration and colonialism. The subject enables students to understand the interplay of religion and foreign rule and intervention in shaping the politics and society of the modern Middle East; comprehend the differences between local points of view and those of outside commentators, historians and rulers; and explore the role which historians and the study of history has played in shaping the course of events in the region.

Assessment: A 1000-word take-home exam 30% (due mid-semester) and a 3000-word written project 70% (due during examination period).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;

  • develop research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;

  • be able to present their findings orally to a class, and produce effective written prose for assessment.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Diploma in Arts (History)
Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Jewish Studies )
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Arabic Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)

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