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Course Details

Course Code: IRLS662 Course ID: 3484 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course covers the 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 dynamics among ethnic and culture groups, the evolving sociological bases of states and societies in the Middle East, the impact of Europe and the West on the Middle East, and more recent events such as the Arab popular uprisings. Because no event or movement occurs without a context, the course examines the cultural and social frameworks.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Examine the value of culture and cultural identity for understanding Middle Eastern economies, politics, and international relations.

CO-2: Identify and examine the different cultures and identities in the Middle East.

CO-2: Compare and contrast different culture groups in the Middle East.

CO-3: Explore and analyze the impact of history and nationalism on Middle Eastern cultural identities.

CO-4: Identify and analyze external influences on cultural identity in the Middle East, including globalization and social media.

CO-5: Explore and analyze the religions of the Middle East and examine their impact on culture.

CO-6: Conduct a research project on a topic relevant to the course title and objectives.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 15 percent

There is an introduction forum in Week 1. It is not graded, but required to avoid getting dropped from the class. Be sure to post by 11:55pm Eastern on Sunday of Week 1.

For Weeks 2, 4, 5, and 7, discussion 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 two 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 is an optional forum in Week 8 for reflections and questions.

Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Citation Format Exercise – 25 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question and a purpose and design statement. It must contain at least 8 sources, at least 6 of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a topic covered in the course. Length: 8 pp.

Literature Review—25 percent

This document contains an annotated summary of the major sources that will be used in the research paper, all of which must be peer-reviewed articles or scholarly texts. Students will identify the source, offer a short synopsis of its main argument, and offer a statement of relevance to the research project. Length: 8 pp.

Final Paper—35 percent

This is the final paper assignment of the course. It must contain citations in formal style as well as a bibliography. Length: 15 pp.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 15.00 %
Forum 2 3.75 %
Forum 4 3.75 %
Forum 6 3.75 %
Forum 7 3.75 %
Assignments 50.00 %
Research Design 25.00 %
Literature Review 25.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %

Required Readings

Other readings are available electronically within the classroom.

Additional Resources and Web Sites

Videos and web sites are available within the classroom and through the university electronic library.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.