POLS3302 South Asia and the Middle East: Foreign Relations and Politics

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
This unit examines the foreign policy directions of Middle Eastern and South Asian states in the contemporary international system. Students explore the context in which these states conduct their foreign relations: historical links between these states, the impact of colonisation and postcolonisation in shaping their identities, and the relationship between them and the changing dynamics of international politics are considered. The unit focuses on questions of state and human security, and explores how major and small states in these regions have responded to international pressures in the post-Cold War world. It explores the nature and limits of growing interdependence between South Asia and the Middle East in political, social, cultural and economic spheres with reference to select case studies. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the impact of the globalising world on the nature and limits of cooperation and competition between these states with reference to two sets of issues: (1) human security issues such as migrant workers, child trafficking, population control, women's rights and food security; and (2) developments in Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan and the Arab Spring. Students are encouraged to link contemporary developments in these regions with available literature, so that they appreciate the value of ongoing knowledge acquisition, and develop the ability to critically analyse available ideas and discourses.
Students are able to (1) understand how definitions and interactions between and within these two regions are continuously changing; (2) analyse the context in which these changes have occurred in the Middle East and South Asia; (3) develop knowledge of the roles played by major regional states, small states and non-state actors in shaping the interactions between the societies of these regions; (4) understand the nature and limits of cooperation and interaction between the Middle East and South Asia with reference to issues of traditional and human security; (5) understand the significance of these dynamics for Australia as a regional and a multicultural state; and (6) develop research skills and communicate their research and findings in well-developed arguments, both oral and written.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation and assignment; (2) written work; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Samina Yasmeen
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