HIST141 The Middle East

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST141 The Middle East
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
An interdisciplinary study of currently significant aspects of the Middle East. Special attention will be paid to the effects of modernization and great power conflicts and to the increased economic and strategic significance of this area to the Western World.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To expand knowledge and understanding of cultures other than their own
    2. To enhance sensitivity to Middle Eastern Culture, Gain a Global Perspective and a Broader Understanding of International Affairs
    3. To move from an Ethnocentric to a Homocentric World View
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Pre-Islamic History, Geography and Human Ecology
    2. Islam
    3. Islam and the West
    4. Conflict between Islam and the West: Interaction, Diplomacy, War and Empire
    5. From World I to World War II
    6. Current developments in a Global World
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See Course Format
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Classroom lecture, discussion, written projects, and responses.

Review/Approval Date -4/99