The CMEPS course structure

During their first year of study, students at AUC will take courses on the foundations of political science, while students at Tübingen University will, depending on their first degree, attend courses on political science or Arabic Language training. While studying at the partner university, all students will take Arabic and German language classes respectively. Here you will find more information on the structure of the CMEPS program.

Old Module Handbook CMEPS (valid till the 2017 admission)

New Module Hanbook CMEPS (valid 2018-present)

Old Prüfungsordnung CMEPS (GER) 2015

         Amendment to the 2015 old Prüfungsordnung CMEPS (GER) 2016

New Prüfungsordnung CMEPS (GER) 2018

         Amendment to the 2018 Prüfungsordnung CMEPS (GER) 2019

Core courses

In CMEPS, all students will take the following core courses on Middle East Politics and Societies, Regime Change and Democratization, Comparative Politics of the Middle East, and Development Politics and International Cooperation.

Middle East Politics and Societies

This course provides an in-depth examination of the nature and dynamics of Middle East politics. It explores some of the region’s key political and social structural traits as it aims at generating an understanding of the fundamentals of the modern Middle East. The course will focus on state formation, national identities, leadership, elites and the impact of the West.

Regime Change and Democratization

The course addresses the academic debate on authoritarianism, regime change, and democratization in theoretical and empirical perspective, comparing developments in different world regions. It provides knowledge about key concepts and theoretical approaches to analyze processes of systemic political change like political regime analysis, theories of democratic transition and consolidation, and of hybrid regimes. While the focus of this module is on concepts and explanatory approaches (including the examination of structural long-term factors, political actors within and outside of political regimes, as well as on international factors in regime change), empirical cases chosen from different continents allow students to apply concepts to real world cases.

Comparative Politics of the Middle East

Polity, economy, and society are considered as interconnected areas for research in comparative politics. In this course, the debate about theory in Middle East politics is explored in relation to comparative work on other areas; it examines key concepts and questions of Comparative Politics with the help of cases taken from the Middle East and North Africa, chiefly covering questions of state-society relations, political regimes, civil society, statehood, and political economy. By doing so, it gives an overview of the region’s key characteristics on an advanced level of studies.

Development Politics and International Cooperation

The course examines the main features of the politics of development and international development cooperation, including, but not limited to, conceptual issues such as the changing understandings of ‘development’ itself as well as theoretical approaches to explain development or its absence; key bi- and multi-lateral as well as state and non-state actors in development cooperation; prominent challenges for development cooperation actors (climate change, poverty, good governance, etc.); and key trends of practical development cooperation. This course will take place as a joint seminar for all CMEPS students at AUC and at the University of Tübingen.


Elective courses

In addition to these compulsory courses, students will have the possibility to specialize in a certain field. At AUC and the University of Tübingen they can choose from a variety of elective courses which are listed below (subject to availability).


  • Identity, Cultures and Norms in World Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Global Governance and World Order(s)
  • Protracted Social Conflicts
  • The Political Economy of Regionalism
  • Middle East Conflicts
  • Politics of Modern Egypt
  • European Politics
  • Politics In Asia
  • African Politics
  • Arab-American Relations
  • Comparative Foreign Policy: Theories and Applications
  • Conflict and Security in Global Politics
  • Public Policy and Development
  • International Development Organizations

 At the University of Tübingen

  • Identity, Cultures and Norms in World Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Authoritarianism, Revolutions & State Fragility
  • International Relations & Regional Order of the MENA
  • Contemporary Issues in Political Islam
  • The Political System of the EU
  • The EU in International Relations
  • Integration Theory & Democratic Deficit of the EU
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Discourses of Security

The CMEPS Program Timeline