This course explores the history of the Middle East (focusing primarily on the last century), and examines the relationships within the region and beyond. Topics of study include the development of Islam, the impact of imperialism, the rise of nationalism, the effects of British and French rule, Arab-Israeli relations, and the political and economic impact of oil.
Since 9/11, interest in the Middle East and Islamic studies has increased dramatically. In response, media, schools, politics, and pop culture, have all expanded their coverage of the region and its culture. As a student in this course, you are part of a larger movement seeking to better understand the people, ideas, and events of this area. Moreover, you will form your own generalized and nuanced understanding of the Middle East.
System Requirements: Streaming video access (for YouTube videos), Windows Media or Real Player, Quicktime, Adobe Reader
As a result of taking this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the various national, political, and ethnic divisions in the Middle East.
- Critically analyze the political, economic, social and military factors that influenced the history of the region.
- Debate the strengths and weaknesses of conflicting territorial and national claims.
- Take positions on key issues and present them persuasively.
- Summarize key trends in American foreign policy in the Middle East.
- Recommend, advise or take a position as to the future of American foreign policy in the Middle East.
10, 11, 12, 13
F17, F18, SP18, SP19
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MA NCES Code:
AdvancED, Certified by NCAA for initial-eligibility (VHS School Code: 221356), Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools