PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE

OFFICE OF INSTRUCTION

 

MASTER COURSE SYLLABUS

 

HST 216   The Modern Middle East

 

Jon Rudd                                 November 16, 2005

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

 

 

 

HST 216 is an historical survey of the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the present. For the purposes of this course the Middle East is defined as the region including the lands of the former Ottoman Empire--including Egypt but not including the rest of North Africa--the Arabian peninsula and Iran.

 

EXPECTED COURSE OUTCOMES:

For proposed general education courses, indicate correlation with core learning outcomes by placing letter(s) of outcomes in parentheses next to course learning outcome. See document “General Education Core Learning Outcomes” for a lettered list. For example if course outcome 1 correlates with core learning outcome C, place (C) at the end of the outcome statement.
For each course learning outcome, indicate briefly the  planned assessment tools, such as cases, essay, multiple choice questions, etc.
Course learning outcomes should be numbered for referral purposes.

 

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

 

Course Learning Outcomes (General Education correlation as applicable, see above note):

Planned Assessment Tools

Outline the Islamic, Ottoman and Safavid backgrounds for the 18th century Middle East.  C

 Written examination including identification questions and short answer questions as well as a possible take-home writing assignment.

Trace the development of reform movements in the 19th century Ottoman Empire and Egypt.  C

Same as above.

Discuss the origins of Zionism.  C

Same as above.

Explain the emergence of revolutionary movements in the Ottoman Empire and Iran in the early 20th century.

Same as above.

Discuss the impact of World War I and the postwar peace settlements on the Middle East.  C

Same as above.

Describe the growth of Arab nationalism, Zionism and authoritarian reform during the interwar period and World War II.  C

Same as above

Analyze the radicalization of Arab politics from the early 1950s to the late 1970s ands its links to the Arab-Israeli conflict.  C

Same as above

Trace the origins and course of the Lebanese civil war, the authoritarian regimes in Syria and Iraq  and the growth of militant Islam and the Iranian Revolution in 1979.  C

Same as above

Discuss the politics of oil in the Middle East.  C

Same as above.

Outline the ongoiug Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  C

Same as above.

Analyze developments in Iraq from the early 1980s to the present.  C

Same as above.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

RANGE OF SUBJECT MATTER -- MODEL COURSE OUTLINE:

 

RANGE OF SUBJECT MATTER DEFINED IN MODEL COURSE OUTLINE

 

I.          Eighteenth Century Background.

1.         Islam.

2.         The Ottoman & Savafid Empires.

II.         Early Nineteenth Century Reforms.

1.         Egypt.

2.         The Ottoman Empire

III.       An Era of Upheaval.

1.         Egypt & the Suez Canal .

2.         Revolutions in Turkey & Iran.

3.         The First World War & the Postwar Settlement.

4.         The Origins of Zionism.

IV.       An Era of Competing Nationalisms.

1.         Authoritarian Reform in Turkey & Iran.

2.         Nationalism in the Fertile Crescent.

3.         The Emergence of Israel.

V.        Radicalism, Oil, & the Cold War.

1.         Revolutions in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq.

2.         The Arab-Israeli Conflict.

3.         The Rise of Oil Power.

4.         The Lebanese Civil War.

5.         Authoritarian Reform & Islamic Revolution in Iran.

VI.       The Contemporary Middle East

1.         Israelis & Palestinians.

2.         The Iraq of Saddam Hussein.

3.         Militant Islam.

 


 

EVALUATION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE:

 

    The department recommends a minimum of three exams (or a combination of exams and take-home written assignments), and a final exam (which may be cumulative at the instructor’s discretion).  The written portions of these exams and/or take-home assignments should constitute at least 40-percent of the student’s final grade.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS:

 

Textbook: Gelvin James L.,   The Modern Middle East: A History. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Recommended: Khater, Akram Fouad,  Sources in the History of the Modern Middle East. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.