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GEOG 498 Geographies of the Middle East

Critical analysis of economic, social, and political development and processes defining the modern Middle East region.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
GEOG 498 101Seminar1 Wed9:0012:00

The so-called region of the Middle East is diverse and complex. Often the focus on the Middle East and what most people know about the region is based on rhetoric and media attention of the political conflicts, refugees and rising extremist Islam. The aim of this course is to take a broader approach to understanding the region and its global reach through deconstructing the mainstream narratives surrounding the region. The foundational lens is to understand the Middle East region in terms of its economic and political development, and how these have influenced and continue to influence the societies of the region more broadly. The Middle East has been shaped by conflicts between those with progressive views on flexible social structures and technological change, and those who would fav and ~

our a rigid social hierarchy in order to maintain the power of a small elite. As academic institutions in the West have often presented a certain perception of the Middle East, this course adopts a different approach; readings and discussions will also focus on the Middle Easts perception of the Western world in a reversal of Saids Orientalism rather a case of Occidentalism. Assignments will focus on creating alternative narratives of the region in the hope of building connections and broader understandings.