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HIST 1200

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introduction To The Middle East - 1800 To The Present
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course focuses on the key political, cultural, social and religious changes that occurred in Middle East 1800 CE to the present.

Expected Educational Results
After taking this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the rudiments of the belief systems of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  2. Understand the (political) geography of the Middle East and its impact.
  3. Discuss the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, the world’s largest and longest-lasting Muslim state.
  4. Define “jihad.”
  5. Outline the role and legacy of imperialism (European and American) in the region.
  6. Explain how the Turks established a secular republic from the Ottoman Empire’s ashes.
  7. Explain how the ayatollahs in Iran established an Islamic republic from the ashes of the Shah’s Iran.
  8. Articulate whether the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is really over religion or real estate.
  9. Explain the Zionist movement and how it helped create Israel.
  10. Begin to understand what motivates Usama bin Ladin and others.
  11. Trace the origins and growth of the oil industry in the Gulf.
  12. Understand something of the role of Mahdism, Islamic “messianism,” in history.
  13. Distinguish between Sunni and Shi`I Islam, both religiously and politically.
  14. Discuss Wahhabism, the Sa`udi brand of fundamentalist Islam.
  15. Explain why some Jews and Christians want to rebuilt the Temple, and why it has yet to happen.
General Education Outcomes
  1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
    1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook and outside readings.
    2. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and group problem solving.
    3. Students develop their writing skills through papers and essays on exams.
    4. Students develop their speaking skills through class discussions and oral reports.
  2. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual and group problem solving and critical thinking skills as follows:
    1. Students will develop their ability to problem-solve and think critically by applying their knowledge of historical principals to historical events and developments.
    2. Students will develop their ability to think critically through writing essays that require analysis of contemporary and historical problems.
  3. This course addresses the general educational outcome relating to global economic, political, historical, and geographic forces through lectures, analytical essays and essay questions on tests.
Course Content
  1. Background on the three monotheistic faiths
  2. The Rise of the Ottomans
  3. The Rise of the Shah’s Iran
  4. North Africa: the States of the Maghrib
  5. Egypt from Ottoman Rule to Muhammad Ali
  6. Napoleon’s Conquest of Egypt
  7. Jihad v. Modernization in 19th c./early 20th c. Islam
  8. Mahdism
  9. Zionism
  10. World War I, the Fall of the Ottoman Empire/Creation of the Turkish Republic and the Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Problem
  11. World War II and Decolonization
  12. Arab Socialism and Oil Politics
  13. The Islamic Revolution in Iran
  14. Bin Ladin and the Resurgence of Islamic Fundamentalism
  15. American Imperialism and the Middle East
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
  1. Tests: Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine part of the course grade. Each test and the final exam will contain questions requiring the students to demonstrate higher order thinking and reasoning skills. Tests will contain essays as well as objective questions.
  2. Written Assignments: Written assignments will be required of each student (in addition to the essay portion of exams). These assignments will be graded on the basis of both content and the quality of the composition.

This course will be assessed in the fall semester every three years. Every student in every section will be required to complete objective and/or essay departmental questions as part of the final exam. The exam will be constructed by the faculty who have taught this course, and will require students to demonstrate knowledge of history and the ability to apply major historical principles.

The results of this assessment will be summarized by the chair of the world civilization curriculum committee. The chair will meet with all world civilization faculty to analyze the results and determine implications for the curriculum. A summary of the curriculum committee's analysis and specific plans including a timetable for implementation of any necessary changes will be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.

Last Revised: Sep. 13, 2011
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