Module description: Political Economy of the Middle East
Political Economy of the Middle East
Master Seminar (mandatory attendance)
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)
Failed exam can be retaken twice.
Class time: 30 hours
Study time: 120 hours
Preparatory reading / reading list
The readings will be provided via StudOn: (https://www.studon.fau.de/crs2334382.html)