AIE255 - Critical Issues in Middle East Politics

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2023 unit information

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2023 is the final offering of this unit, AIR255 replaces this unit from 2024

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Andrew Thomas


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit examines some of the most controversial issues in Middle East politics. Each week we examine a different issue of importance to the Middle East, such as human rights, refugees, women’s rights, democracy, the media, terrorism and resource politics. No prior study of the Middle East is required.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Recognise the cultural assumptions they bring to discussion of the Middle East

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse a diverse range of sources pertaining to the Middle East

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop their understanding of Middle Eastern history and political issues and apply this to analysing modern dilemmas

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Analyse and Interpret popular media and the way it portrays the Middle East

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Articulate their opinion through authentic written communication

GLO2: Communication


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Report 2400 words 60% Week 9
Assessment 2 - Research and Writing Exercise 1600 words 40% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

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