Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
The Arab Spring and Political Transitions (En) ODC 654 0 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Doctorate Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. OSAMA AMOUR
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants
Course Category Available Basic Education in the Field
Course Objective

- to gain knowledge of Middle East politics in the wake of the Arab Spring movement
- to gain awareness of challenges during political transition
- developing students´ comparative analytical skilies
- to become keen on scholarly works on the region
- to improve presentation skills
- to analyze texts critically

Course Content

In December 2010, a revolutionary spark in Tunisia initiated what is now referred to as the Arab Spring. Since then, many countries across the broader Middle East have been swept up in uprisings that have led to fundamental shifts in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. The same drive for change has also led to minor changes elsewhere.The seminar examines critically the Arab Spring movement as politics in process

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Knows the Arab Spring and political transformations
2 Gains awarenness of challenges during political transition Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
3 Improves presentation skills Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
4 Analyzes texts critically Drilland Practice, Project Based Learning, Performance Task,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction to the Course
2 Terminology, Methods and Middle East studies
3 The origin of the Arab Spring: Arab Awakening
4 Theoretical Background: Revolultion, social movements and political transition (democratization)
5 Beginnings of the Arab Spring: Tunisia
6 Uprising in Egypt
7 Uprising in Bahrain
8 International Inervention: NATO and Libya
9 Uprising in Syria
10 Intervention: Why Libya and not Syria?
11 Uprising in Yemen
12 The Arab Spring movement: The New Middle East Order?
13 Potentials for change: Palestine / Lebanon / Jordan
14 Conclusions
Resources
Course Notes
Course Resources

Paul Amr and Vijay Prashad. Dispatches from the Arab Spring: Understanding the New Middle East. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Lin Noueihed and Ales Warren. The Battle for the Arab Spring: Revolution, Counter-revolution and the Making of a New Era. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

Beinin, Joel and Frederic Vairel, eds. 2011. Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa. Stanford UP. ISBN: 978-0-8047-7525-0

Bayat, Asef. 2010. Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East. Stanford UP. ISBN: 978-0-8047-6924-2

Gelvin, James. 2011. The Modern Middle East: A History. 3rd Edition. Oxford UP. ISBN: 978-0-19-976605-5

Wedeen, Lisa. Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen. U. of Chicago Press. ISBN-13: 978-0226877914

Haddad, Bassam. 2012. Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience. Stanford UP. ISBN-13: 978-0804773324
Prashad, Vijay. Arab Spring; Libyan Winter

Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having knowledge and thought about actual topics and problems together with their historical, social and cultural aspects Having knowledge and thought about actual topics and problems together with their historical, social and cultural aspects Having and using advanced knowledge and comprehension supported by textbooks including actual knowledge in international relations literature, materials and the other scientific resources Having and using advanced knowledge and comprehension supported by textbooks including actual knowledge in international relations literature, materials and the other scientific resources
2 Analyzing data, ideas and concepts of foreign policy and international relations, determining complex events and topics, making discussions and developing new suggestions in accordance with researches Analyzing data, ideas and concepts of foreign policy and international relations, determining complex events and topics, making discussions and developing new suggestions in accordance with researches Having conscious about professional and scientific ethics Having conscious about professional and scientific ethics
3 Having the skill about methods and techniques in reaching knowledge Having the skill about methods and techniques in reaching knowledge
4 Having skill to improve career in the jobs such as attaché and ambassador Having skill to improve career in the jobs such as attaché and ambassador
5 Introducing those who are interested in international events with the topics of international relations and teaching clearly the problems of international relations and the types of solutions Introducing those who are interested in international events with the topics of international relations and teaching clearly the problems of international relations and the types of solutions Having the skills to take initiatives, capacity for team-working and open-minded Having the skills to take initiatives, capacity for team-working and open-minded Using Turkish well, having a good written and oral communication and also having ability of empathy Using Turkish well, having a good written and oral communication and also having ability of empathy
6 Accessing, examining and elucidating with scientific methods to the knowledge of international relations and expanding literature about international relations Accessing, examining and elucidating with scientific methods to the knowledge of international relations and expanding literature about international relations
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 30
1. Ödev 70
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 1 20 20
Assignment 1 25 25
Final examination 1 25 25
Total Workload 150
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 6
dersAKTSKredisi 6