255Mar09w - DePaul University PSC 255.801: "Middle...

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1 DePaul University PSC 255.801: “Middle East Politics” Self, Society and the Modern World MWF, 1:10-2:10 PM Khalil M. Marrar, Ph.D. I. Course Overview Studying the Middle East is a difficult enterprise. With the diversity of the region’s history, languages, religions, and political systems, one may conclude that there are many “Middle Easts” that often exist at the center of global turmoil and strife. Therefore, this course looks at the region’s international significance and as perceived through the eyes of its often misunderstood peoples. It will delve into the complex political issues that arise from inherent differences that are often dismissed and sometimes enflamed by regional and world powers for geopolitical gain both before and after 9/11. DePaul Catalog Description This course explores contemporary political issues in the Middle East. It includes country profiles, a review of the Arab-Israeli conflict, analysis of opposing viewpoints about the revival of Islam and about Islamic fundamentalism, and the region's position in the emerging new world order. II. Contact Information Dr. Khalil M. Marrar Political Science DePaul University 990 West Fullerton, Room 2109 Chicago, Illinois 60614 (773) 325-8682 (773) 325-7337 Facsimile e-mail: kmarrar@depaul.edu Office Hours: After Class III. Course Requirements and Grading A. Requirements Students will engage in one group presentation, write one research paper based on group presentation, and complete a final essay. The group presentation, research paper, and final essay are each worth 100 points. Finally, class participation is worth 100 points. Students desiring to compute their own grades may do so by dividing the total number of points earned by the number of points possible. Students must complete all assignments on time in order to pass the course . I will not offer “extra credit.” B. Grading Criteria
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2 1. Research Papers (100 points): Based on further inquiry on a topic from group presentations, good papers will be well researched and crafted. While there exists no minimum requirement for the number of scholarly sources, research should be focused and well communicated. Generally, some of the best papers of this type contain 2 books, 4 journal articles. Spelling and grammar should be flawless and not take away from the reader’s ability to understand what the author is trying to say. Most importantly, the finest papers reflect critical thought. This means that the author looks at various perspectives analytically and makes an argument—not a polemic—that reflects depth in thought instead of mere statements of belief that are not sustained in the text. Papers that ask good questions and discover creative ways of putting forth an argument will be viewed most favorably. Papers must shed more light on a particular aspect of the topic chosen for the group
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