Political Science Courses

CAS PO 560 – Politics and Society in North Africa and the Middle East
An investigation of contemporary North Africa and the Middle East, with emphasis on current socioeconomic and political trends and tensions.

CAS PO 570- Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Examines half a century of extensive and often intrusive involvement of the United States in the Middle East. Analyzes the extent to which U.S. policies in the region have been driven by real politik versus idealism, especially in terms declared commitments to protect the flow of oil from the region, insure the security of Israel, and promote the development of democracy. Analyzes the importance of the Cold War for understanding previous U.S. policies in the Middle East, as well as the quest for a post-Cold War paradigm. Students form working groups to write and present papers on key policy themes. (Meets with CAS IR 503).

CAS PO 573 (IR 509)- Islam in Middle East Politics
Analysis of Islam in the classical and popular forms; examination of the role of the Muslim religion in the international politics of the modern Middle East, especially Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Libya; their interrelationships and their attitudes toward the West.

CAS PO 588 – Turkey and the EU: The History and Contemporary Aspects of Turkey’s European Path
Prereq: Junior standing.  Examines the relationship between Turkey and the European Union (EU). Interaction of two data sets is considered: key concepts, actors, concerns and issues of European integration; historical and contemporary hallmarks of Turkey’s political, economic, cultural, and military development.

GRS PO 750 (IR 707)-Political Reform in the Middle East

GRS PO 760- Problems and Issues of Contemporary Africa