PLS 338 MEP Syllabus 2010.doc - Course Syllabus PLS 338 Political Systems of the Middle East Department of Public and International Affairs University

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Course Syllabus PLS 338 Political Systems of the Middle East Department of Public and International Affairs University of North Carolina Wilmington Spring Semester, 2012 Instructor: Dan Masters Office: Leutze Hall 117 Office Hours: MWF 2-4 Office Phone: 910.962.7583 Email: [email protected] Webpage: Course Description : The political evolution of the modern Middle East begins with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I. From that time forward the region endured a period of European colonization that shaped the political boundaries of the region and set in motion the political dynamics that now dominate the region. In this course, we will look at the Middle East from this perspective of political development. We will take particular note of the dynamics of authoritarian politics (which are not as simple as you may be inclined to believe), the contending forces of Arab Nationalism against Arab Socialism, and the unique place of Israel, Turkey and Iran in the region. In the second part of the course we will dissect the political systems more completely to evaluate issues on economic development, the role of parties and elections in the region, religion and politics, and military and politics. At this stage we will incorporate a discussion of the Arab Spring, the origins, trajectory, and likely outcomes of the recent wave of political instability and transformation. We will conclude the semester with an overview of the region and its foreign policy, particularly its dealings with the West. Course Outcomes : At the end of the course students will be able to… Analyze the historical conditions that surround the political evolution of the Middle East since World War I. Analyze the development of major non-Arab states in the Middle East in the 20 th Century (Turkey, Israel, and Iran). Evaluate challenges many states face in managing their political systems in the modern regional climate, including: military, political parties, religion and politics. Evaluate and communicate the political challenges observed in the region as it is represented in a specific case study from the region. Required Text(s) : Owen, Roger. State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, 3 rd ed. (Routledge: Abingdon, UK, 2004).
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