Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM4010 (AF:333189 AR:180646)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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Within the framework of the course in Language, Politics and Economics of the Arab countries, this teaching module aims to provide an overall picture of the governance systems of the Arab Countries, focusing in particular on the institutional transitions from the pre-colonial era until nowadays, including the results of the recent Arab revolts. In particular, methodological tools will be provided in order to understand the colonial systems, the functioning of democratic and authoritarian systems and the state building processes, which will be applied to some case-studies.
1. Knowledge and understanding:
knowledge of the dynamics related to colonization processes, nationalisms and processes of state building occurred in the MENA region since the 19th century; understanding of the conceptual tools related to the functioning of democratic systems, authoritarian systems and institutional transitions (coups d'état, revolts, revolutions).

2. Applying knowledge and understanding:
ability to apply the tools of contemporary political history to the study of the institutions of the Arab countries and to the analysis of the most recent events, in a critical and autonomous way.

3. Making judgements:
ability to critically and consciously evaluate political and institutional contexts and their evolutions in the MENA region.

4. Communication skills:
Ability to illustrate the different aspects dealt with in the course in a clear and analytical way.

5. Learning skills:
Ability to critically integrate the documents provided by the teacher and the notes taken in class.
Knowledge of the contemporary history of North Africa and Middle East.
Imperialism and colonization; forms of government and legal systems; nation, nation-state and state building; democracy / authoritarianism. Case-studies: Egypt (From Muhammad 'Ali to al Sisi: riots and authoritarianism in Egypt), Morocco (XIX-XXI sec., Continuity and discontinuity of the Kingdom of Morocco); Tunisia (democratization processes).
Bibliography and handouts will be provided during the classes and upoloaded on moodle platform

Suggested preparatory readings

DE POLI, B., I musulmani nel Terzo Millennio, Carocci, Roma 2007.
EMILIANI, M., Medio Oriente, 2 voll., Laterza, Bari 2012.
GUAZZONE, L., Storia contemporanea del mondo arabo, Mondadori,Milano 2016.

Further readings will be provided during the class.

Oral test.
The test will be aimed at verifying the learning of the topics dealt with, through the documentation provided during the course., as well as verifying the student's critical and autonomous analysis skills.
Students must study the documents uploaded on the moodle page of the course.
Lectures with power point, commenting readings and video material.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "International cooperation" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 06/05/2020