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Comparative Politics of the Middle East

GOVT 270
Spring 2010
Section: 01  
Certificates: International Relations, Jewish and Israel Studies

This course will provide an overview of Middle Eastern politics since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, analyzing the political, economic, and social roots of significant contemporary events. The primary focus of the course will be to employ theoretical and historical accounts to explain domestic political phenomena, such as state formation, regime type, social movements, and economic development. However, a secondary focus of the course will explore the domestic sources of international phenomena, such as transnational terrorism, and foreign economic policy.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Logical Reasoning
Logical Reasoning. This course requires students to grapple with core theories of state formation, social movements, regimes, and economic development, both general and specific to the Middle East. Students must critically evaluate theoretical assumptions, causal arguments, conceptual definitions, methods, and empirical consistency.

Intercultural Literacy. The Arab-Israeli conflict, the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Islamist social movements have generated substantial social and cultural friction within and without the Middle East region. By encouraging a logical analysis of contemporary issues in Middle Eastern polities and societies, the course will encourage students to question individual and collective perceptions of the people, states, and social movements of the region. Students will also be required to respect alternative points of view during class discussion.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(HRAD-MN)(MEST-MN)(MUST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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