Politics of the Middle EastPOL 222
Examines the internal and external dynamics that shape the politics, economy, and social make-up of Middle Eastern societies. Uses a multidisciplinary approach to explain and evaluate the politics of the region. (45-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Demonstrate an understanding of the Middle Eastern societies.
- Understand the patterns of the Middle East by looking at the social, economic, and political fermentation of the region.
- Explain the undercurrents of the Middle Eastern politics by analyzing the social and economic forces that shape the politics of the region.
- Evaluate the contextual basis of politics in these societies.
Analyze the causes, patterns, and directions of development or decay.
- Understand the process of development in the Middle East societies.
- Explain the causes of development or decay by applying theoretical rigor to the context of the Middle East.
- Evaluate the level, process, and direction of development by focusing on major groups, role of elites, rural-urban distribution of resources, and distribution of political power and influence.
Analyze similarities and differences between countries of the Middle East.
- Understand differences between and among countries of the Middle East by drawing a comparison of political systems, rules of governance, and level of participation.
- Distinguish political regimes according to the ruling elites, the nature of governance, and the relationship between the rulers and the ruled.
- Evaluate durability/sustainability of the political regimes, and issues related to the legitimacy of rule.
Analyze the role of religion in the social, economic, and political milieu of the Middle East.
- Relate the social mosaic of the Middle Eastern cultures to the role and importance of religion.
- Explain the relationship between religion and politics.
- Evaluate the importance of religion in the Middle Eastern context.
Analyze the role of natural resources in shaping the internal and external dynamics of the Middle Eastern politics.
- Understand the role of oil in regime durability.
- Explain the social and political divide between haves and have-nots.
- Evaluate the political/strategic importance of the region in terms of foreign policies of the industrialized world.
Analyze the causes of conflict and tension in the Middle East
- Understand the root cause/s of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
- Explain the regional religious-cum-political diversity and territorial claims.
- Evaluate the political perceptions on both sides.
Access and evaluate information on major developments in the region.
- Locate information from diverse printed and electronic sources.
- Assess the quality of these materials.
- Use information in making informed decisions, critiques, and conclusions.
Use critical thinking skills to reason and evaluate.
- Evaluate the credibility of sources of information.
- Analyze and evaluate theories, positions, viewpoints, and policies.
- Generate and assess solutions to problems.
Write effectively for specific audience and purpose.
- Understand and analyze information in written form.
- Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.
- Evaluate the information and develop effective communication skills.