Undergraduate Modules

The Making of the Modern Middle East

This module offers an interdisciplinary examination of the socio-economic and political dynamics of the modern Middle East by exploring the region’s major historical developments from a non-Eurocentric perspective, and investigating how the region has been represented and analysed in the social sciences. Students will have the opportunity to reassess the imperial and colonial legacies by retracing the trajectories of state formation and economic development in the past two centuries. The overall aim is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to ‘de-exceptionalise’ the Middle East and enable them to study it as any other region in the international system.

Third Year Module
Semester Two
Module Code POL3031


  • 12 two-hour seminars


  • 1000 word essay
  • 3000 word essay