MAAS-550 Politics of Syria
Fall for 2016-2017
This course allows students to acquire an in-depth understanding of Syrian politics. It introduces the historical development of state and society in Syria, explores the country's evolving political economy, and studies the relationship between ideology and identity. Applying theoretical frameworks from the wider literature in comparative politics, we will look at issues such as sectarianism; communal politics; military rule; social class; authoritarianism; economic liberalization; civil society; and popular uprisings, including the origins and development of the ongoing civil war. This course will be of interest to students with some previous knowledge of Middle East politics who wish to deepen their understanding of this complex and fascinating country.
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