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PSCI0217

Politics of M. East & N.Africa

Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
This course is an introduction to important themes, concepts, and cases in the study of Middle Eastern and North African politics. We will examine key political issues in the region, focusing primarily on developments since World War II and issues of relevance to the region today. For the purposes of this course, the region is defined as the countries of the Arab world, Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The first half of the course introduces major themes in Middle Eastern politics. These include state development, nationalism, revolution, authoritarian rule, the petro-state, the Arab-Israeli conflict, conflicts in the Persian Gulf, civil conflict, the rise of Islamism, and attempts at liberal reform. The second half of the course examines how these themes have affected political development in a number of key cases. Primary cases include Egypt, Israel, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. Students will have the opportunity to individually assess other countries of personal interest in the region. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (Comparative Politics)/
Subject:
Political Science
Department:
Political Science
Division:
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL SOC

Sections

Fall 2011

PSCI0217A-F11 Lecture (Mecham)
PSCI0217X-F11 Discussion (Mecham)
PSCI0217Y-F11 Discussion (Mecham)
PSCI0217Z-F11 Discussion (Mecham)

Fall 2010

PSCI0217A-F10 Lecture (Mecham)

Fall 2008

PSCI0217A-F08 Lecture (Mecham)

Fall 2006

PSCI0217A-F06 Lecture (Mecham)

Fall 2005

PSCI0217A-F05 Lecture (Mecham)