Course Descriptions

MECR 5/360 Introduction to the Modern Middle East - Credit Hours: 3

Semester normally offered: Fall

Course Description

A study of key political, cultural and social aspects of the Middle East from the nineteenth century to the present, addressing topics such as Arab nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism and Zionism. Special consideration is given to the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

Course Equivalencies

This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:  

  • Middle East History and Culture
  • Political Science
  • International Studies
  • Conflict Studies 

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify and describe key events in the Middle East from Napoleon’s conquest to today, including events related to the end of the Ottoman Empire, the role of colonial powers in the region and the rise and development of Zionism and Arab nationalism; 
  • state, compare and contrast the dominant customs, cultures, religions and ideas that have shaped the modern Middle East;
  • state, compare and contrast the successes and failures of each of the major nation states of the Middle East since the end of World War II; and
  • state and evaluate his or her own personal attitudes, convictions and conclusions regarding the state of the modern Middle East today.

Field Study

A half-day interactive field study on the Jerusalem Perimeter: Demographics, rights, responsibilities and access at the boundaries of Jerusalem.