Comparative Politics of the Middle East|
Spring 2012 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations, Jewish and Israel Studies, Middle Eastern 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 power, regime type, social movements, and economic development. The course does not substantially address the international relations of the Middle East or the Israeli-Arab conflict.
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(MEST-MN)(MUST-MN)