The academic aim of the programme is three-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 an academically-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 offering an academically-grounded teaching of the Middle East, the programme will contribute to a fuller and an intellectually rewarding interaction between area studies and social scientific disciplines.
Thirdly, and more specifically, you will acquire a very high standard of spoken and written Arabic.
- 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.
- Acquire a very high standard of spoken and written Arabic which will serve as an important means of communication and as a valuable research tool.