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IRLS260 - Middle Eastern Culture

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS260 Course ID: 3134 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course covers geography, culture, society, economy, and religions of the major ethnic and linguistic groups in the Middle East. The course will introduce students to important events and developments, such as the changing concepts of politics in Islam; the evolving sociological bases of states and societies in the Middle East; and the early impact of Europe on the Middle East, first through trade and then through colonialism.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 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: Describe the cultural landscape of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) (comprehension)

CO-2: Compare and contrast local political structures with state-centered structures. (comprehension)

CO-3: Apply theories of gender, family, and patriarchy to MENA cultures and societies (application)

CO-4: Analyze the relationship between states and societies in the MENA (analysis)

CO-5: Determine the relationship between globalization and MENA societies (application)

Forum discussions – 20 percent

There is an ungraded introduction forum in Week 1.

On Weeks 2, 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.

In Week 8 an optional forum is provided for reflecting on the course.

Midterm assignment - 26.66 percent

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

Progress assignment - 26.66 percent

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

Final assignment – 26.68 percent

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

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum 2 6.67 %
Forum 4-5 6.67 %
Forum 7 6.67 %
Midterm Assignment 26.66 %
Midterm Assignment 26.66 %
Progress Assignment 26.66 %
Progress Assignment 26.66 %
Final Assignment 26.68 %
Final Assignment 26.68 %
  • 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 http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.