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DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT

1.

Course unit title

Code

Near Eastern Studies

SL213M070202

2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič (vsotirovic@mruni.eu)

Institute of Political Sciences

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič

3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

II cycle

Not applicable

Optional

4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

2 semester

English, Lithuanian

5.

 

Study requirements

Prerequisites

Co-requisites

Internship

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

6.

Recommended optional programme components

 

Not applicable

7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

34

128

8.

 

Purpose of the course unit: programme competences to be developed

The purpose/aim of the course is to give to the students a knowledge about the characteristics of political, economic, social and cultural developments of the countries from the region of the Middle East

Learning outcomes of the programme

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and

Assessment methods

learning methods

3.2. Is able to present ideas to the wide audience as well as work individually and within target groups in volatile situations creatively

To be able to understand characteristics of the region of the Middle East. To be able to analyze foreign literature on regional political system development and economic and social characteristics

Problem learning

Control work

4.1. Is familiar with and able to critically assess possibilities of political, economic, social and cultural relations between subjects representing different civilizations

To be able to analyze historical, geographic and cultural characteristics of the Middle East region. To be able to analyze regional security problems and

Case studies

Written exam

and to be open to the cultural diversity

they ways to be settled

   

6.2. Is able to provide recommendations and proposals on the issues of international politics and economics based on the analysis of political, social, economic and cultural processes in Asian countries

To be able to do case study and political problem analyze

Learning and organization of the work by electronic means (moodle)

Group or individual presentation

7.1. On the basis of research and practice is able to influence shaping the politics of foreign and international economy on the national and European levels by proposing rational inquiries and inspections tackling economic and political problems in Asia, Europe, and Lithuania

To be able to criticize an opponent’s view within a framework of tolerance and competence

Co-operative

 

learning method

Group or individual presentation

9.

 

Course contens

 
 

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Topics

Lectures

Consultations

Seminars

Training

exercises

Labaratory work

Internship

Assessment

All contact work hours

Independent work

hours

Tasks

1. Introductory lecture: Characteristics of the Middle East region

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

14

Reading scientific

literature

Geographic, political, social, religious and economic characteristics of the Middle East region

2. Why so many conflicts in the Middle East?

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

14

Reading scientific

literature

Political, economic, cultural and historical reasons for the interethnic and interstate conflicts in the region of the Middle East. Historical development of the conflicts. The future of the regional conflicts

3.

Models of democratization and the Middle East

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

14

Reading scientific

literature

Different models of democratization of political life in the countries of the Middle East. The role of the civil society in the process of democratization. Challenges of adaptation of the western liberal political democracy in the Middle East

 

4.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

14

Reading scientific

 

literature

Religious, state and international relations context of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Watching video

documentary

 

material

 

5.

Meditteranean Sea region

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

14

Reading scientific

 

literature

Political, economic, social and religious characteristics of the Mediterranean Sea region. Relations of the Meditteranean Sea region with the European Union and the Middle East. Problems and perspectives of the Mediterranean Sea region

Watching video

documentary

material

 

6. The "Arab Spring": Reform or stalemate?

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

14

Reading scientific

literature

The “Arab Spring” revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa:

characteristics,task and reality. The Middle East countries not experienced the “Arab Spring” revolution (Saudi Arabia).

7.

Turkey: Between Europe and Asia

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

14

Reading scientific

 

literature

The processes of modernization and secularization in Turkey during the first half of the 20th century. Geo-politic importance of Turkey during the time of the Cold War and its NATO’s membership. Political, economic and cultural interests of Turkey: creation of its own sphere of interest in the South-East Europe

8. The Cyprus question and Turkish-Greek relations

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

14

Reading scientific

literature

Political conflict between Turkey and Greece upon the Cyprus case. The OUN, NATO and EC positions concerning the Cyprus case and their proposals for solving the conflict. Division of Cyprus as a model of solving inter-ethnic conflicts for other multi-ethnic states (ex. Bosnia and Herzegovina according to the Dayton Agreement)

Watching video

documentary

material

9. Summing-up: The Middle East regional problems and future challenges

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

16

Reading scientific

literature

Overall

18

0

16

0

0

0

0

34

128

 

10.

Assesment strategy

Weighting

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

percentage

Examination

40%

Session period

Written exam

Task performance

40%

Semester period

Realization of the seminar work tasks

Active participation in seminars

20%

Semester period

Seminar participation and activity

11.

Required reading

• Nonneman G., International Relations of the Middle East, Sage publ., 2013.

• Richards A. Waterburz J., A Political Economz of the Middle East, London: Basic Books, 2013.

• Hertog S., Luciani G., Valeri M., Business Politics in the Middle East, London: C. Hurst & Co., 2013.

• Halliday F., The Middle East in International Relations. Power, Politics and Ideology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

• Yildiz K., Muller M. The European Union and Turkish Acccession: Human Rights and the Kurds. London, Ann Arbor (Mich.): Pluto Press, 2008.

Recommended reading

• Gallagher T. The Balkans in the New Millennium. In the Shadow of War and Peace. London, New York:

Routledge, 2007.

• Sorli E. M., Gleditsch P. N., Strand H., “Why is there so much conflict in the Middle East”, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2005, 49, pp. 141-165.

• Mohapatraka K. A., “Democratization in the Arab world: Relevance of the Turkish model”, International Studies, 2008, 45, pp. 271-294.

• Vitkus G. Europos Sąjungos užsienio politika: trumpas vadovas. Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 2008.

• Hirst D., The Gun and The Olive Branch. The Roots of Violence in The Middle East, London: CPI Anthony Rowe,

2003.

• Markovich G. S. Weaver B. E., Pavlovic V. (eds.). Challenges to New Democracies in the Balkans. Belgrade:

Cigoja Press, 2004.

• European Union and its New Neighborhood: Addressing Challenges and Opportunities. Vilnius: Mykolas Romeris

University Press, 2006.

• Journal of Asian and African Studies, http://jas.sagepub.com

• Sotirović B. V., Emigration, Refugees and Ethnic Cleansing: The Death of Yugoslavia, 1991?1999, Saarbrücken:

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2013.