Theories and methods in the study of Middle East politics

Course content

How do researchers carry out research on the politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? This seminar provides an introduction to some of the major theories and research methods employed to understand political power in the MENA region. Through lectures, discussion seminars and practical exercises, students will learn how to plan and design a research project, how to carry it out, and how to present their findings for academic and non-academic audiences. In the process, we will discuss some of the major theoretical approaches to politics in general and Middle East politics in particular.


Fagstudieordning Kandidatuddannelsen i Mellemøstens sprog og samfund 2019

Fagstudieordning Bachelortilvalg i Mellemøstens sprog og samfund 2019, rettet 2022

Fagstudieordning Kandidattilvalg i Mellemøstens sprog og samfund 2019


Learning outcome

KA 2019- tilvalgsstudieordning, Mellemøsten
Frit emne 2 – Mellemøstens sprog og samfund (aktivitetskode HMØK13001E)

BA 2019-tilvalgsstudieordning, Mellemøsten
Aktuelt emne i Mellemøstens samfund og politik (HMØB10091E)

Exchange students MA level:

Free Topic 2 - Middle Eastern Language and Society (Activity code HMØK13001E)

Lectures, text discussions, group exercises


Hvis man ikke har forudgående kendskab til Mellemøsten anbefales det kraftigt at læse fx Betty Anderson, A History of the Modern Middle East: Rulers, Rebels and Rogues (Stanford University Press) eller Roger Owen, State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East (Routledge).

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge of:

significant issues within an academic topic.

a chosen topic, both in relation to a wider academic, Middle Eastern/regional context and in relation to the topic’s theoretical foundation on which existing knowledge is based.

Skills in

positioning the chosen topic within a relevant theoretical framework and accounting for the methods used in the field concerned and in the fields of practice typically associated with potential future professional involvement with the topic.

conducting a reflective, independent analysis of significant problems within an academic topic, with reference to research-based knowledge.

selecting and utilizing primary sources in translation in an academic context.

communicating research-based knowledge and academic discussions in a clear, well-documented manner in compliance with academic standards.

Competencies in

deploying academic knowledge in a regional Middle Eastern context, and in a manner that combines academic depth with an ability to identify points of contact with other disciplines or areas of study.

carrying out independent and critical analyses using interdisciplinary knowledge and critical reading of primary sources in translation.


The student specifies 1,500 pages (there is no requirement to include material in the language studied). The syllabus must be approved by the examiner. See deadlines and rules for the submission of the syllabus to the Student Counselling Centre under Examination - Find time and place and Examination - Type of examination and rules - Syllabus.

For courses with a language description:

Students submit a syllabus of 1,000 standard pages of scientific monographs and articles, and 30 standard pages in the language studied. The syllabus must be approved by the examiner. See deadlines and rules for the submission of the syllabus to the Student Counselling Centre under Examination - Find time and place and Examination - Exam form and rules - Syllabus.

Teaching and working methods

Class instruction or supervision.

Exam provisions

Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject.

Scope: 16-20 standard pages.

Assessment: Internal exam with a single examiner with assessment based on the 7-point grading scale.

Regulations for group exams: The exam can only be taken individually.

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam/resit: Conducted in the same manner as the ordinary exam.



Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 291,5
  • Exam
  • 37
  • English
  • 412,5


Course number
See exam description
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester


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Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
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  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
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