JWST 217
The Modern Middle East Fall 2014
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed LEAD 207 / REL 239 / INST 101 / ARAB 207 / HIST 207 / JWST 217
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This survey course addresses the main economic, religious, political and cultural trends in the modern Middle East. Topics to be covered include the cultural diversity of the Middle East, relations with Great Powers, the impact of imperialism, the challenge of modernity, the creation of nation states and nationalist ideologies, the discovery of oil, radical religious groups, and war and peace. Throughout the course these significant changes will be evaluated in light of their impact on the lives of a variety of individuals in the region and especially how they have grappled differently with increasing Western political and economic domination. This course is part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative because it compares the differences and similarities between different cultures and societies in the Middle East and the various ways they have responded to one another in the past.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 30-40
Class#: 1980
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on participation, 2 short papers, quizzes, midterm and final exam
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: completion of course admission survey if overenrolled
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 207 Division II REL 239 Division II INST 101 Division II ARAB 207 Division II HIST 207 Division II JWST 217 Division II
Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives
HIST Group E Electives - Middle East
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
JWST Elective Courses

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