The Middle East Today

Course Information
TitleΗ Μέση Ανατολή Σήμερα / The Middle East Today
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKonstantinos Papastathis
Course ID600014973

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 95
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course examines the establishment and development of the contemporary political institutions in the Middle East. It aims at elaborating on: a) the regional political culture; b) the role of colonialism in the formulation of the political structures; and c) the religious factor in the administration and politics. Moreover, the course will provide the basic knowledge for the modern history of each Middle Eastern state under examination. Within this context, it will focus on: a) the nation-building process; b) Islamic fundamentalism; c) the Palestine Question; and d) the Western imperialism. Last but not least, special emphasis will be given in the so-called “Arab Spring” and its aftermath.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment30.1
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities30.1
Written assigments50.2
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Arthur Jr. Goldschmidt and Boum Aomar, Ιστορία της Μέσης Ανατολής (Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο, 2016). Fred Halliday, Η Μέση Ανατολή στις Διεθνείς Σχέσεις: Ισχύς, Πολιτική και Ιδεολογία (Αθήνα: Ξιφαρά, 2010).
Additional bibliography for study
William L. Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East (Boulder: Westview Press, 2004). Deborah J. Gerner and Jillian Schwedler (eds), Understanding the Contemporary Middle East (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004). Mark L. Haas and David W. Lesch (eds), The Arab Spring: The Hope and Reality of the Uprisings (Boulder: Westview Press, 2017). Ilan Pappe, Η Ιστορία της Σύγχρονης Παλαιστίνης (Αθήνα: Κέδρος, 2007). Eugene Rogan, The Arabs: a History (London: Penguin, 2012). Karl Yambert (ed.), The Contemporary Middle East (Boulder: Westview Press, 2006). Erik Jan. Zürcher, Σύγχρονη Ιστορία της Τουρκίας (Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2004).
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