Modern Middle East [Hybrid format] (HIST*3830) | College of Arts

Modern Middle East [Hybrid format] (HIST*3830)

Code and section: HIST*3830*01

Term: Winter 2022

Instructor: Evren Altinkas


Instructor: Dr. Evren Altinkas

Method of Delivery:

HYBRID - This course will have a mix of in-person and online lectures, all delivered in a synchronous format (and not available for later or asynchronous viewing).

The in-person/on-campus lectures will be live-streamed for virtual-synchronous viewing, but students will be encouraged to attend these classes in-person when possible.

Course Synopsis:

This course explores struggles for national independence in the region after 1919, the impact of the developing oil industry, the creation of Israel and the resulting Arab-Israeli conflict, the rise of American influence and the divisiveness of Cold War politics.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. understand how Middle East was shaped into its current state since the beginning of 20th century. Students will also be able to interpret and discuss about the reasons of this. 
  2. gain experience at interpreting primary resources. 
  3. will improve their written and analytical skills. 
  4. will engage in group studies and discussions, which will help them to improve their rhetorical skills. 


7.50 credits including (1 of HIST*2890, HIST*3840, POLS*3060)

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Weekly Discussions  20%
First Analytical Paper  30%
Second Analytical Paper  30%
Presentation  20%

Texts and/or Resources Required:

William L. Cleveland, A History of the Modern Middle East. Routledge.

**Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.**