INST 101
Geopolitics, Religion, and Oil: The Case of Iraq and Iran
Last Offered Spring 2008
Division II
Cross-listed INST 101 / PSCI 258 / INTR 110
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

The United States’ continuing and troubled attempt to remake the Persian Gulf region provides an occasion for critical reflection on the questions asked and tools available from the International Studies perspective for understanding other nations and regions. This course will examine aspects of the cultural, political, economic and technological dimensions of the nations of Iraq and Iran. The course will begin with a consideration of the history, religions, and societies of these two neighbors as well as the specific features of an oil rentier economy. The course will then turn to the recent experiences of these two nations in the international arena including strategies of sanctions, regime change and democratization prosecuted primarily by the United States. We will pay special attention to the assumptions about the role and character of the state, the character of civil society and the processes of economic and cultural globalization that lie behind these strategies.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 40
Class#: 3802
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two short papers and a final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and sophomores
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
INST 101 Division II PSCI 258 Division II INTR 110 Division II

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