Course Code: 3140407
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. MELİHA ALTUNIŞIK
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive introduction to the politics of the modern Middle East. It aims to discuss, on a comparative basis, the state-society dynamics as well as regional and international politics of the region. For that purpose we will refer, among other issues, to the characteristics of state formation, the projects of the elites right after independence, the nature of the region’s political economy, the form and the nature of opposition movements in the region, the role of political Islam, the recent debates about civil society and democratization in the Middle East, and regional conflicts and peace making. The course will cover the Arab world, Iran and Israel.

Course Content

The course aims to introduce students to the domestic political and socioeconomic processes of the Middle East countries, including the Arab States, Iran and Israel. Emphasis is placed on decolonization, state formation, evolution of the political systems, socioeconomic developments, impact of the military, crisis of legitimacy, social movements, ideology and recent attempts at economic and political reform.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the students will know about the main contemporary issues (political, socio-economic and IR)the Middle East face. They would also have a chance to know more about one Middle East country that they are particularly interested in through choosing to focus on that country for their paper.