Dec 04, 2023
HIST 2650 - Middle East Since 1945
Credit Hours: 3.00
This course provides an introduction to the history and culture of the modern Middle East and the major events which have shaped its development since 1945. Events such as independence, Arab‑Israeli Conflict, and the Cold War as well as their resulting legacies within the region will be highlighted. Particular reference will be given to not only key cultural and artistic contributions of the region but also to such ongoing regional challenges as poverty, income inequality, modernization/liberalization, and the relationship between Islam and the state. The effectiveness and potential future impact of such regional solutions as Pan‑Arabism, Pan‑Islam, and Islamic Fundamentalism will be explored.
Billable Contact Hours: 3
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the three major events in Middle Eastern history that have shaped the direction of its overall development since 1945.
- Identify major events in the struggle within the Middle East to achieve independence from colonialism and the Mandate System.
- Identify major steps in the creation of the state of Israel.
- Identify various examples of Cold War interventions within the Middle East.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the legacy of the independence process, the creation of the state of Israel and the Cold War on the overall
- Describe the overall political legacy of the independence process, the creation of the state of Israel and the Cold War on the region.
- Describe the overall economic legacy of the independence process, the creation of the state of Israel and the Cold War on the region.
- Describe the overall cultural legacy of the independence process, the creation of the state of Israel and the Cold War on the region.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to assess the overall political, economic and cultural stability within the Middle East since 1945.
- Identify key overall cultural and artistic contributions of the Middle East to the modern world.
- Identify key societal challenges that have historically and currently face the Middle East.
- Compare and contrast the effectiveness and potential future impact of regional responses in meeting key societal challenges.
- In a written analysis paper, compare and contrast key societal challenges faced in a Middle Eastern country with those faced by the United States.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- Major Historical Events That Have Shaped Middle Eastern History Since 1945
- The Struggle to Achieve Independence
- The Creation of the State of Israel
- US and Soviet Union Cold War interventions
- The Legacy of Historical Events
- The Question of Political Legitimacy within the Region
- Colonialism and the Mandate System
- The Arab-Israeli Conflict
- The Cold War
- The Impact of Oil Economies
- Western Imperialism and Cold War Politics
- Oil as an Economic Weapon
- Regional Economic Development
- The Search for Unity
- Classical Unity
- Cultural Impact of Western Regional Presence
- Attempt to Recreate Regional Unity
- Overall Political, Economic, and Cultural Stability
- Key Cultural and Artistic Contributions
- Science, Technology, and Intellectualism
- Key Societal Challenges
- Income Inequality
- Traditionalism v. Modernization and Liberalization
- Islam and the State
- Effectiveness and Potential Future Impact of Regional Responses to Key Societal Challenges
- Islamic Fundamentalism
- Compare/Contrast Between the U.S. and the Middle East (Analysis Paper)
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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