Modern Middle East
(HIST 340)

Spring 2017

"In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful" Qur'an 1:1

Dr. Caitlin Corning Syllabus: https://sites.google.com/a/georgefox.edu/modern-middle-east/
Office: Center Street House #5 Office Hours: 10:30-11:30, 2:00-2:45 (MWF); 10-11:45 (T/Th)
Phone: 503-554-2673 e-mail: ccorning@georgefox.edu

Course Description

This course is a survey of Middle Eastern history focusing primarily on the modern period from the Ottoman Empire to the present day. Students will have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge on a country in the Middle East along with the region in general. Though a political framework will be established, economic, cultural and religious issues will also be studied.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to

1. Explain the important developments in the history and culture of the Middle East

2. Analyze and critic the current controversies and concerns in the region.

3. Demonstrate improve reading, writing and oral communication skills.

Career Skills

By completing this course, students will have

1. Understood and conveyed differing points of view

2. Analyzed complex documents

3. Understood the importance of context and cause/effect

4. Collaborated with others of differing backgrounds to develop solutions to complex problems

Required Texts

Goldschmidt and Boum, A Concise History of the Middle East, 11th edn (2015)


Attendance, participation, news
Discussion Papers
Mid-term Exam 15%
Objective Final 10%
Middle East League 50%
Briefing Paper
Proposal 10%
Final Assessment 20%
Late Policies

If an absence is not excused, late work is penalized 10% per day.

In class work: If an absence is not excused, these assignments cannot be made up

Cheating and Plagiarism

Please note that this university has a no tolerance policy regarding cheating and plagiarism. Use of another person's exact words without quote marks and reference is plagiarism, as is restating another person's ideas but not providing a reference to indicate that it is not your own. If you have any questions, see your Student Handbook, or talk to me.

Disability Services and ARC

If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office as early as possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.  You will need to provide current documentation of your disability.  For more information, contact Rick Muthiah, Director of Disability Services (ext. 2314 or rmuthiah@georgefox.edu), or go to ds.georgefox.edu for more information.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides all students with free writing consultation, general tutoring, academic coaching, and learning strategies (e.g., techniques to improve reading, note-taking, study, time management). Call ext. 2327 or email the_arc@georgefox.edu to schedule an appointment.  Visit arc.georgefox.edu