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IRLS493 - Capstone Middle Eastern Studies

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS493 Course ID: 4292 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This senior capstone course allows students majoring in Middle Eastern Studies to analyze specific issues at the regional level including the role of religion, culture, politics, security, economic issues. This course will provide students with the opportunity to complete an approved academic research exercise that demonstrates knowledge of a selected field of study. This is a capstone course to be taken after all other Middle Eastern Studies courses have been satisfactorily completed. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Examine the role of history in shaping modern Middle Eastern geography and political structures.
CO-2: Determine components of political culture in the Middle East.
CO-3: Compare and contrast different social, cultural, and economic divisions of the Middle East.
CO-4: Analyze the role of women and minorities in Middle Eastern society and political life.
CO-5: Deconstruct the major crises and challenges to regional security.

Forum discussions – 15 percent

There is an ungrade Week 1 introduction forum.

On Weeks 3, 4, 5, and 7, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

For Weeks 2 and 8, optional forums (not graded) are provided for discussing paper topics and reflections.

Proposal assignment - 15 percent

This assignment is about creating a proposal for your research project. It will be between 3 and 5 pages and will contain sections including a research question, problem statement, purpose statement, and others. Details are listed in the Assignment instructions and the Lessons.

Literature review assignment - 30 percent

This assignment involves review and synthesis of 7-10 peer-reviewed sources on the topic selected in the proposal assignment. 6-8 pages.

Final research paper assignment – 40 percent

This assignment is the culmination of the previous two assignments. It will consist of an introduction in which the research question and main argument are presented, followed by subsections with the supporting research. It will be 12-15 pages not including the literature review.

  • There is no required textbook for this class.

  • External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.