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IRLS460 - Government & Security in the Middle East

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS460 Course ID: 3138 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Examines historic, cultural, economic, social, religious, and geographic traits that distinguish this region and shape its domestic political processes and interstate relations. Surveys the governments of selected countries, considering factors such as legitimacy and political development. Includes a survey of contemporary issues salient in the region, including the Arab-Israeli dispute, with particular focus on regional security concerns.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO 1 Explain the root causes of contemporary political, economic, and religious challenges to regional security and stability in the Middle East

CO2 Analyze the effects of the rise political Islamism on political development and stability in the Middle East

CO3 Evaluate the impact of the Shi’a-Sunni divide on regional stability

CO4 Assess the effects of the Arab Spring on regional security and political development in the Middle East

CO5 Apply contending theoretical models of conflict and cooperation to the prospects for the Arab-Israeli peace process

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 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.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions. Each answer will be 2-3 pages in length (double-spaced, 12pt font). The questions are designed to test your knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory. The assignment will be available in the “Assignments” folder.

Progress assignment - 25 percent

You will write a Case Study assessing the prospects for a long-term peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Arab conflict. This case study will be 8-10 pages in length, and will be based on at least six peer-reviewed academic sources. More specific instructions for the paper can be found in the “Assignments” folder.

Final assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 2 questions. Each answer will be 2-3 pages in length (double-spaced, 12pt font). The questions are designed to test your knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory. The assignment will be available in the “Assignments” folder.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 25.00 %
DF Week 1 3.13 %
DF Week 2 3.13 %
DF Week 3 3.13 %
DF Week 4 3.13 %
DF Week 5 3.13 %
DF Week 6 3.13 %
DF Week 7 3.13 %
DF Week 8 3.13 %
Case Study 25.00 %
Case Study 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.