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Politics and Development in the Middle East

This course provides an introduction to the current political landscape, geographic conditions, demography and economics of the Middle East and North Africa. The course also covers current societies from a gender perspective, with particular focus on women's rights.

The course focuses on the conditions for political and economic development in the Middle East and the interplay between political and economic factors. By addressing issues of gender, geography and demography, the course aims to provide an understanding of the region's current challenges, including democratisation.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Lectures and seminars.

    Course details and resources

    The course information can be found in the learning platform Athena (The link is being updated).

    Please note that only registred students have access to resources, like PDF documents, in Athena.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written take home assignment, in the form of an essay assignment.


    Elie Wardini

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    The course literature can be found in the learning platform Athena (the link is being updated)

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Middle Eastern and North Africa's Languages and Cultures?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Martin Säfström
    Room 104, Kräftriket 4B
    Phone: 08-16 29 43