PSCI 440
Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics: The Syrian Maelstrom Fall 2017
Division II
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This course deals with the civil war in Syria. It begins by investigating the nature of the Syrian society and the evolution of the Assad regime. It then discusses the challenges to the regime, both Islamist and democratic in the Arab Spring. With that as background, the course will examine the domestic, regional, religious, ethno-sectariain, and global dimensions of the civil war. It will consider the place of Syria in the Iranian-Saudi competition, the role played by neighboring states and actors, the position of the American and Russian governments, and the rise of ISIS.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 1661
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 25-page paper, oral presentation, and class participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSCI Comparative Politics Courses

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