MIddle_East_Fall2010 Syllabus

MIddle_East_Fall2010 Syllabus - Fall 2010 POLS 205 POLITICS...

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Fall 2010 POLS 205 POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA Instructor: Dr. Nader Nazemi Office: CC- 143 Phone: 352-8156 Office Hours: MW 11-12 Email: [email protected] and by appointment Course Description and Objectives CKR, GS, SS- This course offers an in-depth examination of the political economy, cultural and social history of the Middle East and North Africa. It employs a broadly comparative perspective to shed light on some of the more vexing problems shared in common by the various states and societies in the region. The course focuses on such issues as the emergence of competing ideological systems, political culture and competing world views, problems of economic development and democratization, mass mobilization and social movements, and regional conflict and war. At the end, it is hoped that students will acquire the analytical skills necessary for challenging resilient stereotypes about the region, and for independently making sense of historical and contemporary problems in Middle East and North Africa. Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL 090 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement by testing in ENGL 100. The course is not limited to a mere description of issues and problems in the Middle East and North Africa. Rather, we will continuously challenge the ways we are accustomed to thinking about the region by debating the merit of alternative analytical perspectives. Through comparing and contrasting these perspectives, the course aims to encourage students to think critically about politics and history. At a minimum this involves distinguishing among various arguments and modes of analysis, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of different explanations, and ultimately developing one’s own independent perspective on various problems encountered in politics and history. Course Organization The course is structured to encourage maximum independent thinking and critical analysis of the politics and history of the Middle East and North Africa. To this end, the
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instructor will discuss material assigned for each session, identify key issues and events, and offer insights into various ways of analyzing problems in politics. Lectures will typically go considerably beyond the assigned readings therefore it is imperative that students take excellent notes and ask questions when clarification is needed. Furthermore, much of class time will be devoted to student discussion of issues raised in the readings and lectures. All students are expected to come to class having read the material assigned for that day, and prepared to participate in classroom discussions. In this class you will be responsible for your own and your peers’ learning. The instructor’s role in the class will be to encourage you to learn, to assist you in expanding your ability to think independently, to critique what you read, to assist you in writing thoughtful papers, and to encourage well-informed participation . Learning Outcomes
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course POLITICAL 205 taught by Professor Nadernazemi during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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MIddle_East_Fall2010 Syllabus - Fall 2010 POLS 205 POLITICS...

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