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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Contemp. Politics of the M. East & N. Africa
Module Code LG320
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fabrizio Leonardo Cuccu
Semester 2: Paola Rivetti
Autumn: Paola Rivetti
Module TeachersFabrizio Leonardo Cuccu
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is a comparative politics course and introduces students to the field of Middle Eastern and North African politics. We will begin the course with an overview of the most relevant political developments in the region over the course of the last century and examine their impact on the current political, social and economic arrangements. The core of the course deals with the role that Islam plays in the political sphere and, in particular its relation with democratization, authoritarianism and individual rights. Foreign relations of the countries in the region and the international politics of MENA state are also examined.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain political events and phenomena in a much misunderstood region of the world
2. Understand the role and functions of authoritarian structures of governance
3. Apply key concepts and theories of political science to the Middle East and North Africa.
4. Analyse regional events in the context of theories of international politics.
5. Examine major concepts and puzzles that exist in Middle East and North Africa politics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Lecture6No Description
Independent Study95No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayFinal essay60%
AssignmentReaction paper40%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
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    Date of Last Revision08-OCT-10

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