ARAB 311
The United States and the Middle East
Last Offered Spring 2014
Division II
Cross-listed ARAB 311 / HIST 311
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was considered a benign superpower in the Middle East. Americans were known as “innocents abroad” for their educational and philanthropic work. From a distance, American society was admired for its affluence and freedom, and Middle Eastern politicians eagerly sought American advice and assistance. Today, however, the situation could hardly be more different. This course will examine the remarkable transformation of American involvement in the Middle East. Significant cultural and political encounters of the latter half of the twentieth century will be assessed in order to identify how the United States has approached the region and consider the multifaceted and sometimes ambivalent reactions of people in the Middle East to increasing U.S. presence. It will also explore the difficulty the United States has experienced in balancing diverse, and sometimes conflicting, foreign policy interests, and will evaluate what may account for the increasing level of antagonism and mistrust on both sides.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3713
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, short papers and a final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History and Arabic Studies majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARAB 311 Division II HIST 311 Division II
Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives
HIST Group E Electives - Middle East
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
JWST Elective Courses

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