MSc Middle East Politics

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Middle East Politics

SOAS University of London

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Politics and international relations in the Middle East display many of the characteristic features of the modern world. Contentious legacies of imperial map-making fuel frontier disputes and throw into question the legitimacy of the territorial nation-state. Governments have been repeatedly challenged by populations tired of the old rationales for authoritarian rule and angered by its repressive effects. The politics of national identity, sometimes bound up with ideas of religious identity, have been given new urgency by class conflict, by military occupation and by the growth of the security state. Meanwhile, the long history of external intervention in the states of the region has heightened domestic and regional tensions.

The degree offers students an opportunity to study politics in the region through a number of disciplinary approaches, such as political sociology (class, gender, ethnicity and sect), comparative politics (state power, political economy of development, democratic openings and nationalism), and international politics (war, international political economy, regionalism and dependency). At the same time, it provides thematic courses that encourage students to look at political processes in the region from distinct perspectives, such as the study of political violence, the examination of the politics of resistance and the understanding of Islamic political ideologies and political movements.

At Masters level, there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students are expected to read extensively, to make a number of presentations and to engage actively in seminar discussions. They are also expected to write substantial papers, guided by their course tutors, but requiring significant independent work.

Structure

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Core: 15PPOH008 Political Society in the Middle East OR 15PPOH011 State and Transformation in the Middle East with any module in List A2.

ONE full credit module (or equivalent) from List B, ONE full credit module (or equivalent) from List B or C and ONE full credit module (or equivalent) from List D.

AND

Dissertation on some aspect of Middle East Politics (compulsory).

A. CORE - choose two 15 credit modules, ONE in Term 1 and ONE in Term 2:

List A1: Combined with ONE of the following 15 credit modules offered in Term 2:

  • State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 2
  • Islam and politics 15PPOH006 15 Term 2
  • Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 15 Term 1
  • List A2: In combination with any ONE of the following 15 credit modules:
  • Module Code Credits Term Availability
  • Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 1
  • Political violence 15PPOH009 15 Term 2
  • Politics of resistance in the Middle East 15PPOH010 15 Term 1

B. 30 or 60 credits from the following Regional Politics modules (if not already chosen under List A1 or A2)

  • International politics of the Middle East 15PPOC027 30 Full Year
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
  • Political violence 15PPOH009 15 Term 2
  • Politics of resistance in the Middle East 15PPOH010 15 Term 1
  • Islam and politics 15PPOH006 15 Term 2
  • Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 15 Term 1
  • C. Up to ONE full unit (or the equivalent in half-units) from the following DISCIPLINARY politics courses:
  • Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 30 Full Year
  • State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 30 Full Year
  • Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 15 Term 2
  • Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 15 Term 2
  • The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
  • The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 15 Term 2
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 15 Term 2
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 15 Term 2

List D: modules offered in other departments:

Language courses: students should choose the language they wish to take from the list below. They should then make contact with the relevant Module Convenor during the welcome week who will assess which level, of course, would be appropriate, and will advise re. changing course enrolments if necessary.

  • Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 30 Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 30 Full Year
  • Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 30 Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 30 Full Year

Modules focused on the Middle East in a cognate discipline:

  • Turkey: Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 30 Full Year
  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
  • Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 30 Full Year
  • Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 30 Full Year
  • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 15 Term 1
  • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 15 Term 2
  • Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 15 Term 1
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
  • Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 30 Full Year
  • Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2

Dissertation- this would focus on an aspect of Middle East Politics:

  • Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
11,545 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £11,545; Full-time Overseas Fees: £19,730 per academic year
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Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
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End date Sept. 1, 2019