Course Abstract Details

HIST-135, The History and Culture of the Middle

Credits: 3

Course Description

HIST-135, History of the Middle East, introduces major themes, people and ideas in the history of the Middle East from the origins of Islam to the present. It focuses on the historical relationships between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, as well as contemporary politics and the relationship of the United States to the Middle East. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099 and placement into ENGL-101. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:   

1. summarize and explain the events, people, and ideas in Middle Eastern history from the seventh century to the present in order to show a clear, concise understanding of their effects on both the Middle East and the wider world (GE1, GE2, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG4) 

2. communicate orally by discussing primary documents from and key issues in Middle Eastern history from 1492 to the present (GE2, GE4, PG1, PG4) 

3. demonstrate informational literacy; i.e. know when there is a need for information, and to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand (GE2, GE4, PG1. PG4) 

4. express themselves in formal writing, by authoring papers such as essays, analyses, book reviews, or bibliographies that offer a clear and supported position on a complex subject or event (GE1, GE2, GE4, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG5) 

5. demonstrate a basic familiarity with the terms and practices involved in the study of international relations by examining foreign affairs and the international system through authoring one or more essays on the relationship between the United States and the Middle East (GE1, GE2, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG5) 

6. demonstrate a basic familiarity with the terms and practices involved in religious studies by authoring one or more essays on the historical development of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and their contemporary relevance (GE1, GE2, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG5) 

7. think critically, from analyzing the successes and failures of the past and explaining and predicting how people with values and mindsets different from our own handle similar circumstances (GE2, GE6, GE7, PG1, PG2, PG4, PG4) 

8. make historical connections by recognizing contemporary behaviors, actions, and policies that demonstrate how people fail to learn lessons from past successes and failures in Middle Eastern history (GE2, GE7, PG1)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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