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Spring 2013-2014
WWS 390 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Revolutions, Constitutions and Re-configuring the Arab State

Rami G. Khouri

Revolutions, Constitutions and Re-configuring the Arab State will analyze events and transformations in Arab countries since December 2010 in Tunisia, in the historical and political context of the period since 1970. We will review the many causes that drive millions of ordinary Arab citizens to fight for their rights, the changes that have occurred in the process of adopting mechanisms to write new constitutions and create more legitimate and accountable governance systems in several Arab countries (Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya), and the counter-revolutions that continue to hinder the gains of citizen revolts across the region.

Sample reading list:
Shibley, Telhami, The World Through Arab Eyes
Amar and Prashad (editors), Dispatches from the Arab Spring
Haddad, Bsheer, Rish (editors), The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read assigned book chapters and analyze them in juxtaposition against readings on current Arab world events from the global media. These assignments will be presented and discussed in class. Each student will be asked to identify one incident in modern Arab history since 1900 when Arab men and women rose up against their prevailing orders and sought the same or similar goals as the objects of today's uprisings, including freedom, dignity, democracy and sovereignty.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Approximately 125 pages of reading per week.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43343 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   029   Enrolled:6 Limit:20