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DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES GEO522 Geography of The Middle East Winter 2018 Course Instructor: Valentina Capurri JOR 601 3120 [email protected] Office Hours: Thursdays 16:00-17:00 Lectures: Mondays 13:00 to 15:00 in VIC 205 and Wednesdays 12:00 to 13:00 in EPH 242 Course Exclusions: This is an Upper Level Liberal Studies. The course is not available to students in the Geographic Analysis Program ***The online Faculty Course Survey will be conducted between March 23 and April 2*** Course Description: Today the Middle East is the focus of international attention because of its strategic geopolitical importance. This course examines this complex region of the world, which is rich in terms of its geography, history, culture, and resources. The focus will be particularly on the geographical characteristics of the region and its geopolitical centrality. The course provides an analysis of major issues, such as population displacement, water resources and inter- and intra-states conflicts. Course Objectives: At the end of the course, students will be able to: Understand the complexity and diversity of the region in its geographical, historical, cultural, and economic aspects; Develop a critical understanding of the geopolitical and historical processes that have shaped the region, particularly but not exclusively since the Second World War; Forge the connections between local and global processes and interests, and analyze how they alternatively integrate and conflict with each other; Dismantle the misunderstandings and stereotypes surrounding the region in the Western world and understand its centrality to both the East and the West. Required Texts: Fawcett, L. 2016. International Relations of the Middle East. Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press. Additional and updated readings and videos will be regularly posted on D2L or added as links to the PPTs. All additional readings and videos are considered required material. Teaching Method: Lecture Posting of Grades: D2L 1
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DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Course Evaluation: Course Component Weight Due Date Essay (2000 words) 40% 3/30/2018 Mid-term (MC questions) 20% 2/12/2018 Final Exam (MC questions) 40% The first graded assignment will be returned on 15 February 2018. Essay: The essay is around 2000 words (max 2100 - min 1900, bibliography, headings, tables, and title page included) and must be double-spaced. ANY ASSIGNMENT THAT DOES NOT RESPECT THE WORD LIMIT WILL INCUR A 20% DEDUCTION (this includes all assignments with a word count above or below the limit). Use 12-size font. The essay MUST demonstrate a good understanding of the academic literature. Only one submission is permitted on D2L so make sure you are submitting your final copy: IF YOU SUBMIT THE WRONG COPY, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RESUBMIT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Zipped files and PDF are not acceptable; make sure you upload a word document.
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  • Winter '18
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  • Geography, Geography and Environmental Studies

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