Seminar: Middle East Update

Ref: C3744300

The Middle East is the world's most conflict-ridden region. Why? Clearly there are ongoing struggles based on religious, socio-economic, and ethnic divisions but are these exacerbated by the intrusion of outside powers seeking to enhance their own interests in the region or to support particular allies or business concerns. How far has the division of the region into a couple of dozen national states by departing colonial powers contributed to both enduring and short-term strife?

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver, but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

The session will identify main conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa over the past year and will consider their significance for the countries and peoples in the region and for outside power involvement. .

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand more about what is happening in a key world region and to see why people in the United Kingdom should be interested.
  • Acquire more factual knowledge of the realities of the Middle East.
  • See that news about the Middle East in the UK may be -perhaps inevitably ?- biased.

How will I be taught?

  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • This will be a tutor-led seminar discussion to increase awareness of conflict in the Middle East. Students will -one hopes- follow up the session by following news in the press and elswhere.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • A paper handout will be provided and the tutor will respond to questions during and immediately after the formal seminar session.

What else do I need to know?

  • A paper handout will be provided. Otherwise students should bring an inquiring mind which recognises that most events have more than a single cause...

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • An inquiring mind is what students should bring to this seminar session.

What can I do next?

  • As a one-off seminar this session's main objective is to leave participants with (a) a greater knowledge of and (b) an interest to find out more about conflict in the Middle East.

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Seminar: Middle East Update

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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