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Mediterranean Area Studies


Credits: 6 ECTS

Second semester

Pathway core courses




This course focuses on the study of political, economic and social dynamics in the Mediterranean and the Arab world. The course will start providing with an overview of contemporary history in this region and then will analyse the characteristics of political systems in this region. Three aspects are studied in detail: the evolution of politics in the Arab and Islamic context, the resilience of authoritarianism and the introduction of partial political liberalization reforms. This first part will focus on the origins of the political experience, the evolution of political systems and their economic sustainability. The second part of the course will focus on opposition forces and political islam movements and the emergence of a social unrest that lead to the 2011 Arab uprisings. The second part will also focus on political and other forms of violence and conflict, particularly targeting jihadi movements that are currently threatening security inside and outside the region. Finally, the course will deal with social and cultural dynamics, which are essential to understand the popular protests of 2011, as well as the evolution and consequences of such popular uprisings.


This course will combine ordinary lectures (supported by compulsory readings) with practical exercises in the form of simulations related to different sections of this course.
The final grade is made up of three components

  • Take-home essay related to sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5 (30%)
  • Participation and contribution in the 2 practical exercises (30%, 15% each exercise)
  • Final exam (40%)