Understanding the key political issues of the contemporary Middle East

Course Dates: 28/04/22 - 26/05/22
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
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Due to its strategic importance, vast oil reserves and a turbulent civilisational history with the Western world, the Middle East has fascinated, dominated, and perplexed the imagination of those outside of the region. Join us to get the core fundamentals for a better understanding of the region.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £44.00

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Course Code: HPC95

Started Thu, day, 28 Apr - 26 May '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Due to its strategic importance, vast oil reserves and a turbulent civilisational history with the Western world, the Middle East has fascinated, dominated, and perplexed the imagination of those outside of the region. Issues such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Iraq, Iran, political Islam are as important as they are complex and fascinating.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

1. Islam and the Middle East
2. Oil and the Role of Western Powers in the Middle East
3. The Arab-Israeli Conflict
4. Iran, the West, and the Middle East
5. The Arab Spring and After.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- have an understanding of the core fundamentals to unravel the complex political terrain of the contemporary Middle East. I
- have gained knowledge of the background and concepts to interpret the major events and issues of the region.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is introductory and no particular skills are needed. However, your experience will be better if you keep up with current affairs.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be lecture based with interaction elements and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs, but you may wish to bring pen and peper, or digital equivalents, for note taking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please visit the history and politics section on our website for more courses on the Middle East, past and present.

Nomaan Hanif

Dr. Noman Hanif is a lecturer at Birkbeck with the department of politics. He specialises in global politics and international security with particular focus on the Middle East and Political Islam. He has a PhD in International relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr. Hanif has taught at other universities including Kent, Royal Holloway and Exeter. Between 2009/10, he was visiting professor in global political Islam at the University of West Virginia, US.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.