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IRLS660 - Seminar in Middle East Politics and Security

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS660 Course ID: 3487 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the evolution of modern Middle Eastern politics. The scope includes political, social, and cultural interactions both within and among the countries located in the Middle East and North Africa. The course involves investigations of the political attitudes and behaviors of prominent players in these regions and a look into the diverse aspirations of specific political, cultural, or demographic groups. In the first weeks of the course, an introduction to the history of the Middle East sets the stage for historic developments that brought about structural dilemmas of today. Evaluating the involvement of outside powers in the politics of region comprises another topic, along with an investigation of how non-state actors affect the future of the region. Discussions concern debates about the prospects of democracy and the future key nations after the Arab Spring





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Examine key historical events that shaped Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) politics.

CO-2: Analyze MENA's role within globalization, development, and communications technology.

CO-3: Evaluate democracy in the MENA.

CO-4: Distinguish the role of foreign states in the MENA.

CO-5: Deconstruct the role of non-state actors within MENA politics.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 15 percent

There is an ungraded introduction forum in Week 1. Please post to ensure that you are not dropped by the class (the system unregisters students who have not posted by Sunday of Week 1 by 11:55pm Eastern).

In Weeks 2, 5, 7, and 8, questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). 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.

There are no discussion forums in Weeks 4 and 6 because assignments are due those weeks.

Midterm Assignment – 22.5 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Specialized Project – 40 percent

This project will demonstrate your ability to synthesize discipline specific material. This is a task based exercise. 12-15 pages.

Final Assignment – 22.5 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forums 15.00 %
Week 2-3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Midterm 22.50 %
Midterm Assignment 22.50 %
Specialized Project 40.00 %
Specialized Project 40.00 %
Final Assignment 22.50 %
Final Assignment (week 8) 22.50 %

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are 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. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.