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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-671
Middle East Core Seminar (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics cover key themes in comparative and regional studies including politics, economy, identity, regional security, civil society, governance, foreign policy, democratization, and globalization in Middle Eastern countries.

SIS-671
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Middle East Core Seminar (3)

Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

This course introduces students to the dynamic politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Students examine the region's various political systems and societal structures, as well as aspects of the political economy and role of external actors. Students are also introduced to key theoretical approaches to explaining politics in the region, including theories on democratization and social movement formation. Through historical and contemporary case studies, the course covers a wide range of topics, including the colonial legacy, authoritarian persistence, Islamist politics, civil society and social movement formation, rentier states, and sub- and supra-national identity politics.