Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
American Foreign Policy and The Middle East UOC 501 0 3 + 0 3 7
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Arş.Gör. ŞABAN KARDAŞ
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants Res. Asst. Bilal Yildirim
Course Category
Course Objective The United States is a critical actor to understand the international relations of the Middle East. Both as the sole superpower globally and a major actor involved in the region, the foreign policy of the United States influences the dynamics of Middle Eastern politics to a great extent. This course will examine the developments in the Middle East from the perspective of United States foreign policy imperatives.
Course Content In order to understand the US approach towards the region, the class will start with a general introduction to American foreign policy. On that basis, the class will familiarize students with the history of US involvement in the Middle East since the onset of the Cold War, looking closely at such major issues as the Arab-Israeli conflict, Gulf War, natural resources, war on terror, or 2003 Iraq war.
Introduction to US Foreign Policy
US Foreign Policy from Historical Perspective
US Foreign Policy in the Middle During the Cold War
US Foreign Policy in the Middle In the Post-Cold War Era
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Equip students with knowledge and skills to study, understand and analyze the debate on the US foreign policy and its role in Middle Eastern politics Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
2 To evaluate the concepts and facts pertaining to US foreign policy and its role in Middle Eastern politics with scientific methods, identify and analyze complex events, developments and topics, and debate those topics Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
3 To improve students knowledge about the current issues pertaining to the US foreign policy and its role in Middle Eastern politics within their historical, cultural and social dimensions Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
4 Improve students knowledge about the place of the USA and the Middle East in world politics, so that they could gain the ability to comment on these developments and state the problems and ways for their solution clearly in written and oral form Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
5 To equip students with the tools to place US relations with the Middle East in its historical context and compare different events Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
6 To improve students ability to establish connections between US domestic political developments and its Middle East policy Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
7 To familiarize students with basic debates pertaining to US policy towards the Middle East Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
8 To equip students with talents to debate, reason and bring new perspectives on basic themes pertaining to US policy towards the Middle East Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
9 To equip students with talents to critically approach, problematize and debate US policy towards Middle East Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Simulation, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 American Approach to Foreign Policy See sources
2 American Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective I See sources
3 American Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective II See sources
4 Understanding the Middle East and its Importance to US See sources
5 Cold War in the Middle East See sources
6 United States and Iran See sources
7 United States and Arab-Israeli Conflict See sources
8 United States, Gulf War and Dual Containment Policy See sources
9 United States and Middle East Peace Process See sources
10 Midterm Exam See sources
11 United States and War on Terror See sources
12 United States and War on Iraq See sources
13 United States and Natural Resorces See sources
14 United States and Arab Spring See sources
Resources
Course Notes 1. David W. Lesch ed. The Middle East and the United States: A Historical and Political Reassessment. 4th Edition. Westview, 2007.<br>2. B.W. Jentleson. American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century. 4th edition W.W. Norton, 2010.
Course Resources Additional sources will be determined with the students during the course.
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 25
1. Ödev 37
2. Ödev 38
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 20
1. Final 80
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 6 96
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Assignment 2 10 20
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 189
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 7.56
dersAKTSKredisi 7