Politics and Conflict in the Middle East OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Class by MIT on Middle Eastern Politics

Published Feb 14, 2009

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MIT's political science department now offers their course 'Politics and Conflict in the Middle East' free as OpenCourseWare. The course focuses on modern day Middle East, specifically how the present political and financial or business systems came about. The course is suitable for political science undergrad or graduate majors.

Politics and Conflict in the Middle East: Course Specifics

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Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

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Politics and Conflict in the Middle East: Course Description

When Professor Nazli Choucri designed the course 'Politics and Conflict in the Middle East,' it was intended as a study of the complicated politics in the region. Working from historical accounts and war records, most of the topics focus on the economic, social and political causes of war in the Middle East. The object of the course is to achieve a well-rounded view of the areas and situations. Classes focus on regional changes of power, resource use and population as well as the influence of technology. This lecture course also focuses on ways to move from conflict to cooperation in the region.

A detailed reading list, list of required texts used in the original course, short essay topics and a sample exam are included. To learn more about the Middle East, take a look at the course page.

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