ARST-331 Syrian Revolution
Fall for 2017-2018
This course will provide a deep examination of the Syrian revolution and the historical path it has taken, starting at its beginning in March, 2011 and continuing through the present day. It will discuss the roles that political, social, and economic factors have played in the revolution, highlighting those that have contributed to its transformation from a revolution of peaceful demonstrations to one of armed conflict with the Assad regime. A number of contemporary issues related to the revolution will be discussed, including sectarianism, the rise of extremist groups—principally ISIS, the positions taken by regional and international powers regarding the revolution, and the disastrous consequences of the conflict. By the end of the semester, the course will build on these historical and contemporary themes to look forward, exploring the potential future implications and trends of the revolution, as well as possibilities for political solutions.
This course is conducted in Arabic. Students will be expected to participate in class discussion and submit written assignments in Arabic. Assignments include a monthly 500-word responses and a final paper (at least 2000 words in length). Readings will be in English and Arabic.
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