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Khalid Abdalla
TPOL S 340
Tacoma Campus

Middle East Politics

Investigates crises that plague the Middle East. Critically examines a wide range of viewpoints on these issues.

Class description

This course seeks to understand some of the underlying causes contributing to the arrested development of the Middle East. Students will examine the role religion plays in determining the politics of the region, will analyze the economic systems of selected countries in the region, and will develop policy proposals for economic growth.

Student learning goals

Students will develop an understanding of current issues in Middle East politics.

Students will analyze the role religion plays in determining politics in the Middle East.

Students will analyze the historical development of economic systems in Middle East.

Students will analyze the economies of some countries in the region.

Critically assess impediments to growth and development in the Middle East.

Formulate policy focusing on improving development and growth in the area.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for the course BUT successful completion requires previous exposure and a solid foundation in political science and economics.

Class assignments and grading

10% Geography quiz; 10% Participation; 25% Midterm; 25% Paper; 30% Final.


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 Khalid Abdalla
Date: 03/23/2010