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Social Movements and Collective Action in the Middle East (PLIT10128)







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Visiting students must have completed 4 Politics courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses, and we cannot consider interdisciplinary courses or courses without sufficient Politics/Government/International Relations focus. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission, and priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Politics department. **Please note that all Politics courses are very high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

The course examines the role of social movements and collective action in the politics and international relations of the Middle East.It explores a range of themes and case studies from the region and engages with broader social science debates on contentious politics.

Course Description

Welcome to Social Movements and Collective Action in the Middle East! The course examines the ideological, organisational and institutional forms people develop and use to dispute, reject or otherwise challenge established rules, norms or power relations. It explores how people have challenged political authority in the region and how states have responded and adapted to these challenges. Collective action of various forms was a key factor in the transition of the Middle East from colonial rule to independence. Authoritarian regimes not only emerged and consolidated power in the context of revolutionary and liberation movements, but have also been challenged by new episodes of contention from the Iranian Revolution to the Arab Spring and beyond. Mobilisations on the basis of class, nation, gender, territorial claims and religion have been a constant feature of Middle Eastern and North African politics over the course of the 20th century up until the present. The course examines, in historical context, a range of country cases (including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Israel) and themes related to social movements and collective action in the Middle East.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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