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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-415
Senior Capstone: Middle East (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section. Rotating senior capstone topics focusing on the Middle East. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: International Studies major and at least 75 credits.

SISU-415
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: Middle East (3)

Political Economics of the Arab World

The focus of this capstone course is on the intersection of politics and economics in the Arab world. It analyzes the developmental paths that Arab countries have gone through since independence, such as Arab nationalism, Islamism, and economic liberalization. It also examines the efforts and outcomes of attempts to expand education, establish viable institutions, promote human rights, maintain stability, and manage conflicts. These paths provide windows for understanding the current economic, social, and political situation in the Arab world; the conditions that created the impetus for the Arab Spring, and future prospects for the region.

SISU-415
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: Middle East (3)

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace

This senior capstone provides students with a deeper understanding of the problems that have confounded the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in particular the "final status" issues: borders, Jerusalem, refugees, and security. Students focus on the contested narratives; the relevant political actors; and the key international, regional, and internal events that have shaped the dispute. As well, previous rounds of negotiations are reviewed in order to analyze what went wrong. Students then partake in a simulation in which they attempt to constructively address the final status issues as well as other sticking points, such as settlements and terrorism, in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.