POLS 227 Middle East Politics & Society • 5 Cr.
Entails an understanding of Islam as a fundamental socio-economic and political force, the European power of politics of early centuries, U.S. involvement in the region, comparative analysis of governments, political cultures, economic development, regional conflict and terrorism. Same as INTST 227. Either POLS 227 or INTST 227 may be taken for credit, not both.
Same as INTST 227. Either POLS 227 or INTST 227 may be taken for credit, not both.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the traditional cultures and the geographical importance of the Middle East.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Islamic religion.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Umma (community) as opposed to traditional nation-state.
- Demonstrate understanding of the role of European powers in the region’s affairs.
- Demonstrate understanding of economic forces and modernization processes in the region
- Demonstrate ability to analyze leadership dynamics as related to countries of the region
- Demonstrate understanding of international relations as related to countries of the region.
- Demonstrate understanding of revolutionary forces in the region.
- Demonstrate understanding of different political systems and structures including their development.
- Demonstrate awareness of the factors that lead to terrorist activities.
- Winter 2015 (current quarter)