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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Module Code LG574
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paola Rivetti
Semester 2: Paola Rivetti
Autumn: Paola Rivetti
Module TeachersWalt Kilroy
Kenneth McDonagh
Niamh Gaynor
Paola Rivetti
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The course introduces students to the complexity of the politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In particular, the course will explore three major themes. First, it will examine the modern social and political history of the Middle East and North Africa with a particular focus on state formation, the politics of political change and popular mass mobilizations. Secondly, following on from previous discussions, the course will examine the major political ideologies that have developed along the regional history and in connection with transnational intellectual networks. Thirdly, the course will deal with the international politics of the region with a specific focus on Israel and Palestine.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain political events and phenomena in the region
2. Understand the role and functions of authoritarian structures of governance
3. Understand political Islam and contrast different types of it
4. Apply key concepts and theories of political science to the Middle East and North Africa.
5. Analyse regional events in the context of theories of international politics
6. To exchange ideas and defend akward points of view.
7. Examine major concepts and puzzles that exist in Middle East and North Africa international politics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study224No Description
Total Workload: 248

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
Report(s)n/a10%Every Week
Essayn/a45%Once per semester
Reflective journaln/a45%Once per semester
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Durac, Vincent, and Francesco Cavatorta: 2015, Politics and Governance in the Middle East, Palgrave Macmillan,
  • Kraetschmar, Hendrik, and Paola Rivetti (eds), 201: 2018, Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention, Edinburgh University Press,
  • Ellen Lust (ed.): 2010, The Middle East, CQ Press,
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Date of Last Revision08-OCT-07

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