I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Below are brief summaries of graduate courses I have recently taught at The American University in Cairo.
RESEARCH METHODS IN MIDDLE EAST STUDIES
The course aims to provide students with the general research skills, sources and tools from the social sciences and humanities with special reference to Middle East Studies. Students also get to think in detail about their MA theses and practice transferable presentation skills.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- Understand the epistemological foundations and research methods in Middle East Studies and explain the differences between them
- Demonstrate knowledge about the current discussion around the value of knowledge, history and culture as the basis of regional studies
- Demonstrate knowledge of the most common social scientific methods as applied to Middle East studies, as well as the challenges this can entail
- Apply research, bibliographic and referencing skills relevant to the study of the Middle East
- Define and formulate research questions and decide on the most appropriate research method(s)
- Analyze various qualitative data including interviews and documents
- Discuss and account for various ethical and legal issues within social science research
- Communicate clearly both orally and in written form
This course introduces postgraduate students to the history, institutions and foreign policy frameworks of the EU and the specific issues raised by contemporary EU interactions in the Southern Neighborhood (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia). We consider the complexities of the EU policy making process across 28 member states. We also assess various EU foreign policy initiatives, such as the European Neighborhood Policy, and the impact of new developments within the EU such as Brexit, and across the neighborhood, such as the Arab Spring.
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Trace the legacy of European policies in North Africa and the Levant
- Understand the significance of the EU as an actor in international relations
- Identify various conceptual frameworks related to the study of Mediterranean politics and interactions between the EU and Middle East more broadly
- Determine the most important obstacles to advancing a common EU foreign policy agenda
- Understand the role that security and defense, humanitarian assistance, civil society, democracy promotion and human rights play in EU foreign policy towards the Southern Neighborhood
POLITICS OF THE GULF
This course introduces the theoretical frameworks, history and geo-strategic significance of the Gulf States, with an emphasis on the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman). It then goes on to examine in detail the major events, actors, trends and policies affecting the Gulf States, and increasingly the policies being pursued by them.
By the end of the course, students should have:
- Demonstrated an ability to locate, appraise and utilize information on the Gulf states
- Demonstrated an understanding of the main issues and concepts related to the politics of the Gulf
- Demonstrated an ability to assess Gulf politics through a variety of analytical approaches
- Demonstrated skills in promoting a line of argument in verbal and written forms
- Demonstrated an ability to analyze and synthesize a variety of information in different forms