The Middle East: Modern Conflicts
This course examines several major modern Middle East conflicts in their historic contexts. Often conflicts seen as contemporary political disputes have deep historic roots. Aside from a general overview of the history and culture of the Middle East, this course focuses on the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran, Iraq, United States foreign policy in the Middle East, and the coverage of the Middle East in the mass media. Students will learn about these topics through textbooks, graphic novels, documentary films, daily news websites, debates, guest speakers and even an interactive video game.