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Module Title LH Politics of Migrants, Refugees, and Diasporas in the Middle East
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 29304
Module Lead Gerasimos Tsourapas
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Tutorial-10 hours
Guided independent study-180 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The course offers students the opportunity to engage with a range of debates surrounding the politics of migration in a variety of manifestations prevalent in North Africa and the Middle East. It aims to understand and compare migratory movements from multiple perspectives — historical, socio-economic, and political — while also incorporating topic-specific literatures from international relations, comparative politics, and diaspora studies. The readings aim to complement a weekly lecture, classroom presentations and discussion, and fit broadly within the course’s main objective: offering students with a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to engage with the complexity of the politics of population movements across the Middle East, and to contextualise these movements within wider debates and scholarship. To do this effectively, the course begins by presenting the necessary analytic tools and offering a historical overview of Middle East migration. It continues by examining migration through three specific perspectives (the economics of migration and the advent of neoliberalism; migrants as objects of politics and authoritarian regimes; migrants as political actors and the 2011 Arab uprisings). Finally, it emphasises in-depth analyses of migratory movements across Egypt and Maghreb, the Mashreq, as well as Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council states. By the end of the course, students will have acquired a strong understanding of the politics of migration across the Middle East and the ability to process and critically evaluate information, as well as to communicate their ideas and develop structures, reasoned argumentation.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to: demonstrate an in depth understanding of the history, key concepts, and perspectives relating to the study of population mobility in the Middle East, and to understand contemporary migration challenges with historical, theoretical, and analytical precision. engage critically, with the socio-economic and political importance of migration, refugee flows and diasporas in the contemporary Arab world, Israel, Turkey, and Iran. critically evaluate influential paradigms and concepts of comparative politics and international relations theory used to study migration, and how they apply to the Middle East.
Assessment 29304-01 : 3000 Word Essay : Coursework (50%)
29304-02 : Presentation : Presentation (15%)
29304-03 : 2000 Word Essay : Coursework (35%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 1 x 3,000-word essay (50%)
1 x oral presentation (15%)
1 x 2,000 word essay (35%)
Reading List