course07_poli347 - McGill University Political Science(POLI...

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McGill University Political Science (POLI 347) Arab-Israeli Conflict, Crisis, War, and Peace Fall Term 2007 Lecturer: Imad Mansour Office: Leacock 440 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 13:30 – 14:30. This course analyzes the international security dimension of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. We start the course with some theoretical notes that you should be familiar with throughout the course. Then we analyze the indigenous causes and consequences of the various wars fought between the Arab states and Israel. Here we also look at the international dimension of the conflict and the role of major powers. We also study the relationship between Arab states (their rivalries and cooperation) as an important influence on the Arab-Israeli conflict. All hope is not lost in this conflict, so we end by looking at the various failed and successful peace processes. We are not going to discuss recent events in details, but by now you would have had a pretty clear idea of what variables shape the conflict and how you should approach them. We are going to use various theoretical models to help us make sense of the history in the cases as well as foreign policy patterns. Be advised that you should have prior knowledge of major concepts in international relations (IR), not the conflict per se. If you have not taken introductory IR courses, consult with POLI 243 or POLI 244 syllabi. Please drop the class if you have no IR foundations. Method of Evaluation Conference Participation 10% Midterm Examination 20% Term Paper 30% Final Examination 40% (university scheduled) Privileges of compensatory work will not be granted, including missed conferences.
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Readings: A course pack will be available for purchase at the McGill Bookstore. Articles not in the reader are available through webct or the McGill Library Network. If they are not in the reader or on webct they are out there on the internet… Conferences: Are opportunities for you to organize your ideas, structure your arguments, and engage in a constructive debate with your colleagues. More importantly, the conferences are there for you to ask questions on the material presented in the lectures; no new material will be discussed in the conferences. There will be no presentations, but you are expected to come prepared for an in-depth discussion of the readings and class notes. Midterm Examination: in-class exam on October 10 th . There are No Make Up exams if you miss this one. The weight of the midterm will move to the final. Term Paper : the paper should be 10 pages MAXIMUM (including footnotes) - default margins (1 top, 1 bottom, 1.25 left, and 1.25 right), double spaced, and Times 12 font. Bibliographic referencing at the end of the paper is excluded. Every extra word will cost you 10% of the paper mark. I shall provide you with more details on a separate sheet. Office Hours
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