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Karam Dana
BISGST 397
Bothell Campus

Topics in Global Studies

Examines a topic, theme, problem, or area of the world in order to provide a deeper understanding of an aspect of Global Studies.

Class description

This course examines the major socio-economic and political themes in the Middle East since the end of World War I. The course emphasizes the emergence of republics and monarchies and the factors that led to different political outcomes, concluding with the collapse of various Arab regimes in the aftermath of the so-called 'Arab Spring'.

Various theoretical social science concepts/ approaches, as they relate to the Middle East, will be explored to include state-building, the rentier state theory, state-capabilities theory, among other topics. We will also explore concepts specific to the region, like 'Arab Nationalism', the role of the State of Israel in inter-Arab politics, and the emergence of political Islam in the region as a possible reaction/alternative to failure of secular Arab nationalism.

Student learning goals

To provide students with a basic understanding of the social and political history of the Middle East.

To increase student awareness of the history, culture and politics of the Middle East.

To discuss the role of nationalism, religion and colonialism in the context of the Middle East, and relate it to other regional contexts.

To describe and debate the role of different religions (Islam, Christianity, and other religions) in the politics and history of the Middle East.

To strengthen studentsí critical thinking and analytical abilities through both class discussions and writing assignments.

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Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Karam Dana
Date: 06/06/2012