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Module Title LI America and the Middle East through Politics and Film
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 27840
Module Lead Scott Lucas
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Full Term
Co-requisites LI American Comedy and the Political - (08 27836)
Restrictions None
Description The module examines approaches to political construction of the “Middle East”, and thus US-Middle East relations, through the presentation of the region and its people in American film.
The course links theoretical approaches, such as “Orientalism” and the Other, to the history of US foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa through film's presentation and negotiation of the regions.
Case studies begin with the Sheik in the 1920s through the move from neutrality with Casablanca to issues such as the presentation of Israel, the framing of “terrorism”, and the US and the Middle East after 9/11.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Critically engage with the development of the “Middle East” in American film from 1920 to the present
  • Use theoretical approaches from Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Politics, and International Relations to develop a critical approach to America and the Middle East through Politics and film
  • Link historical cases to contemporary events
Assessment 27840-01 : Essay 2000 Words : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 2,000-word essay
Reassessment: 2,000 word essay
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