The academic aim of the programme is two-fold. Firstly, it seeks to situate the Middle East in broader analytical, conceptual and theoretical debates of International Relations and Political Science. In doing so, it seeks to provide a theoretically-grounded understanding of the region using existing frameworks of analysis in the social sciences. Secondly, the programme aims to foster knowledge of Middle East international relations by examining local cultures, histories, languages and religions. In combining empirical depth and theoretical rigour the programme aims to promote the interaction between area studies and social scientific disciplines.
Students would achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Obtain an in-depth understanding of the main historical events, processes and actors that have shaped and continue to shape political dynamics in the Middle East;
- Acquire a strong understanding of International Relations theoretical and conceptual tools required to understand Middle East international relations;
- Obtain a thorough knowledge of different approaches to Middle Eastern studies;
- Form an academically informed, independent and critical knowledge of the Middle East.