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Special Course Being Offered: POSC380B: Uprising and Political Change in the Arab World, May 2015, AMMAN, JORDAN

POSC 380B: Uprising and Political Change in the Arab World
May 11-29, 2015, AMMAN, JORDAN

Associate Professor Pete Moore, Political Science

Political History of the Modern Middle East
Identities and Minorities
The Palestine-Israel Conflict
Socio-Economic Development
US Policy toward the Middle East
Religion and Politics

Field Trips from Amman:
Umm Qais (Northern Border)
Jerash (Roman City)
Petra (Southern Jordan)
Wadi Rum (Desert Development Project)
Dead Sea (Resort)

This course explores political and social change in the Arab World with an emphasis on the 2011 uprisings. It is designed as a three week program taking place in Jordan. Since the early 20th century, the 22 countries that comprise the Arab World have experienced multifaceted and rapid change. Coups, revolts, and revolution defined much of the 1950s and 1960s. In the ensuing decades however, Arab politics settled into seemingly stable political authoritarianism. Thus, it was a surprise when mobilized protestors unseated some leaders in 2011. The primary question for scholars and students is, what explains these momentous events? And what happens after?

This course will take up these questions by carefully examining political and social change in the decades before 2011. By holding the course in Jordan, students will be able to place the broad themes within a local context. Investigation and lectures will explore not just the history of change and protest but why protest succeeded in removing leaders in some countries yet was defeated in others. The ultimate goal is for students to gain the skills to pursue these questions at a macro-scholarly level as well as unpack those same questions at a local and regional level. Guest lectures, a visit to the Royal Court, meetings with opposition figures, and field trips are designed as far more than just visits. Each event will require students to inquire, converse, and research local conditions to address the larger questions. Primary course requirements include a daily journal, a short exam, and a final paper.

This course will be conducted and housed at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), one of the largest and most prestigious American research institutes in the world. Professor Moore has over twenty years of experience living and conducting research in Jordan.

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Is this is a credit course?

Yes, this is a 3 credit hour CWRU Political Science class.

Are there pre-requisites?

No, this is designed as an introductory course

Is Arabic required?

No. While English is not spoken widely in Jordan, getting around Amman with English is possible. All lectures and events will be conducted in English.

Is Jordan safe for course study?

Yes. Numerous US universities are currently running courses in Amman. The primary risk in Jordan or any developing country is road travel. Insured busses and experienced drivers are utilized and Professor Moore has over 20 years of experience in Jordan.

How much free time will there be?

This is summer course, so lectures and readings will be a consistent requirement. However, several days and most afternoons/evenings are open time.

What is the cost?

In addition to summer tuition and airfare, there will be a programming fee to cover lodging, meals, and in-country transportation. (estimate $2,600)


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