This is the syllabus for last year’s version of this course.The Summer 2013 class will follow the same overall structure and usemany – but not all – of the same readings. Deliverables will be broadly thesame (discussion posts, two short papers, one longer paper). The textbook is still Cleveland & Bunton’s
History of the Modern Middle East
in 2013 we will use the new 5
edition of the book, not the 4
edition asmentioned here.
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Online Course: July 2 – August 10, 2012
Instructor: Gordon RobisonEmail:email@example.com Office Hours: Skype - By Appointment Throughout our class I will be in the Middle East. I will be happy to discuss issueswith students by email or, at a mutually agreeable time, by Skype. Please note that my location (Doha) is seven hours ahead of ET, so some flexibility in scheduling maybe required.The last 18 months have been, to put it mildly, a time of upheaval throughout theMiddle East. Regimes that had been in power for decades have fallen. Countries longconsidered models of stability have seen popular uprisings, revolutions, even civilwar. These upheavals, in turn, have presented American policymakers withunprecedented challenges.This class will look at the region’s history and politics with a particular emphasis onthe last 20 years in an attempt to understand the regional, their motivations and thechallenges confronting both Middle Easterners themselves and Americanpolicymakers who must deal with the region.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:
Discussion Board 40%Two Short Papers (15% each) 30%Final Paper 30%The two short papers will be due at the end of the second and fourth weeks of thecourse respectively (NOTE: by end of the week I mean 10pm Eastern Time onFriday). These papers should be 800-1000 words in length, not including any