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Political Science: Mediterranean Politics and Culture
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Political Science, History 300 English 3 45 N/A


Number of sessions: 30

Length of each session: 1,5 h

Total length of the module: 45 hours


This course examines the evolution of the Mediterranean Basin since the first
settlers to the current situation in the Mediterranean with a poor south and the wealthy
north. Studying all the civilizations, religions and political institutions of this small sea,
students will learn how the modern conflicts were configured in Ancient or Medieval
Times, Palestine, Clash of Civilizations, the Balkans or Turkey and Greece.
The last weeks of the course will focus on Politics, Economics and Sociology of
the Mediterranean since the end of World War II, 1945. That is why students will need
more understanding of the last century than the Ancient or Medieval times.


First Week
Introduction and Syllabus.
Introduction to Barcelona.
Useful Information and Possible Visits

Second Week
Ancient Mediterranean Cultures: Egypt and Phoenicians. Greece and Politics

Third Week
Ancient Mediterranean Cultures: Rome and the Mare Nostrum.
Religions of the Mediterranean: Hebrews and Jews

Fourth Week
Religions of the Mediterranean: Christians and the Empire. Muslims and the

Fifth Week
Modern Mediterranean Cultures: Italy and the Renaissance. Spain and the
World Domination

Sixth Week
Modern Mediterranean Cultures: France and the Enlightenment

Seventh Week
Debate: The Cultures of the Mediterranean
Debate: Who is who in the Mediterranean?

Eighth Week
Debate: Warfare in the Mediterranean
The French Revolution and the birth of Modernity

Ninth Week
The Mediterranean Society in the 19th century: Large Estate and Crony
Capitalism. Family and Mafia

Tenth Week
World Politics of the Mediterranean, 1815-1885
World Politics of the Mediterranean, 1885-1945

Eleventh Week
The Mediterranean Today: Modernization and Social Change
The Mediterranean Today: Post modernization and Social Change?

Twelfth Week
One Sea, two economies: the politics of dependency
Migrations and ecological collapse

Thirteenth Week
The Clash of Civilizations in the Mediterranean
Al Qaeda and the project of Modernization

Fourteenth Week
Final Exam
Closing Session


The final grade of each student is determined considering the following weights:
Mid Term Exam (30%)
Papers (50%)
Final Exam (20%)

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