4 credit hours
The goal of this course is to enable students to use and apply recent history of the Middle East and North African (MENA) region to everyday analysis that will reflect a deep understanding of contemporary events. This course is meant to help students speak with sharper focus and articulation about the issues and events of which they will be increasingly looked to as 'experts'. Thus, student participation will be strongly encouraged in each class, and the end results will hopefully be the ability to see quickly changing day-to-day events as part of trends that may in some cases be novel or alarming, but nevertheless involve time-oriented processes that can be assessed on a deeper level than that of most journalism and news media. There will be attempts at getting closer to the sources of information in the Middle East by looking at local mainstream and social media, while again, keeping in mind that significant changes tend to be evolutionary, and often have roots that go deeper than today's 'headlines' would suggest.