Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Politics and Government in North Africa

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT International Relations

DESCRIPTION This study-unit examines politics and government in the three core Maghreb states: Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. It explores the forms of governments and political developments since the end of the French colonial era. It analyses the causes for political crisis and the factors that contribute to political changes. It evaluates the prospects for regional integration and conflict resolution.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to provide an in-depth understanding of the politics, economics, and international relations of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Analyze the causes and features of contemporary political manifestations in the three core Maghreb countries.
- Evaluate individual and collective political aspirations in the context of economic, cultural, and geopolitical realities in the three core Maghreb countries.
- Discuss the international relations of the three Maghreb countries amongst each other, to the European Union, the United States, and to the wider Arab world.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Synthesize information about regimes, regime changes, protests, social structures, economic relations in the contemporary Maghreb.
- Identify scholarly material available on-line and in libraries.
- Present findings in written form and orally.
- Prioritize information and present them hierarchically.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Alexander, Chistopher (2016), Tunisia: From Stability to Revolution in the Maghreb, London: Routledge, 188 pp.

Sater, James N. (2016), Morocco: Challenges to Tradition and Modernity London: Routledge, 197 pp.

Willis, Michael J. (2012), Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring. London: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd , 340 pp.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation Yes 20%
Essay Yes 80%

LECTURER/S James Sater

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