Module description: Political Economy of the Middle East

Module name

Political Economy of the Middle East

Credit Points



Master Seminar (mandatory attendance)

Teaching staff

Prof. Dr. Christine Binzel
    Stephanie Müssig, M.A.

      Module Coordinator

      Prof. Dr. Christine Binzel

      Syllabus outline

      The Master seminar gives an introduction to contemporary issues related to the Middle East and Islam from both an economic and a political science perspective. Topics covered include, amongst others, Islam and economic outcomes, ethnic inequality, Islamic movements, political attitudes, popular mobilization, social norms and women empowerment. Throughout, the focus is on recent empirical work.

      Educational goals and learning outcomes

      (1) deepen their knowledge about and their understanding of the Middle East,
      (2) work independently on a particular research topic,
      (3) engage with the academic literature and thereby strengthen their ability to critically read and assess applied work, and
      (4) improve their skills on how to structure and discuss academic work. Furthermore, by actively participating in class, students
      (5) learn how to apply peer review techniques and how to react on peer review – one of the most important instruments in scientific life.


      Successful completion of the course “Economic History and Development of the Middle East” and/or “Development Economics I” is recommended.

      Integration stage in the degree course

      Third semester (winter term)

      Courses of study for which the module is acceptable

      Regional or elective module for: “M.A. Development Economics and International Studies”; Elective module for “MA Nahoststudien”

      Assessment and examinations

      Written assignment (15 pages) and presentation (30 minutes)

      Calculation of the grade for the module

      Written assignment (67 %), Presentation (33 %)

      Frequency of offer

      Yearly (winter term)

      Exam retakes

      Failed exam can be retaken twice.

      Work load

      Class time: 30 hours
      Study time: 120 hours


      1 Semester



      Preparatory reading / reading list

      The readings will be provided via StudOn: (

      Last modified

      October 2018