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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

MECS 102: Middle Eastern Culture And Society II

Course Description

This course continues a survey of the social, cultural, literary, and political history of the Middle East.  The course is designed to be taken in sequence with Middle Eastern Culture and Society I as an intensive study of the Middle Eastern culture and its people.  Taking MECS 101 before MECS 102 will greatly enhance your overall experience in this course. Course meets multicultural graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Goldschmidt, Arthur. (2016). A Concise History of the Middle East (11th Edition). Colorado: Westview Press.
    • [ISBN-978-0-8133-4962-6]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

In this course we will look at the history and social movements that have shaped the culture of the modern Middle East. In MECS 101 we discussed Middle Eastern and Islamic culture generally. In this course, we will focus more on modern history, political movements, and the roots of Islamic extremism, as well as the political theory known as Islamism.

We will focus specifically on the historical roots of Zionism, Pan-Arabism, and Islamism as political ideologies that evolved in response to Western interventions and colonialism in the Middle East. We will also explore the root causes and the effects of both the War on Terror and the Arab Spring.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe social, political, and economic forces that have created a culture.
  2. Describe characteristics of a culture.
  3. Articulate a sense of cultural identity in relation to the particular culture studied.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 378-420 90-100%
B 336-377 80-89%
C 294-335 70-79%
D 252-293 60-69%
F 0-251 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 40 10%
Dropbox Assignments (8) 80 19%
Final Paper 100 24%
Midterm Exam 100 24%
Final Exam 100 24%
Total 420 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion - Wednesday
Discussion 1 5 Friday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 1 10 Sunday
Plagiarism Quiz --
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 2 10 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 3 10 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 4 10 Sunday
Final Paper Topic --
Midterm Exam 100
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 5 10 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 6 10 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 5 Wednesday/Sunday
Dropbox Assignment 7 10 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 5 Wednesday/Saturday
Final Paper 100 Wednesday
Dropbox Assignment 8 10 Saturday
Final Exam 100
Total Points 420

Assignment Overview

Discussions

During this course, you will participate in weekly discussions.  Be prepared to discuss topics with your classmates intelligently and to support your analysis with information found in the readings or other reliable academic sources. Posts should be conversational in nature.

Each week, your initial discussion post should be completed and turned in by 11:59 p.m. CT Wednesday, except for Week 1 when there are two discussion assignments. That week, the first discussion's initial post is due on Wednesday and the second discussion's initial post is due on Friday by 11:59 p.m. CT.  Your initial post should be approx. 100 words in length and supported by peer-reviewed citations wherever necessary.  Your response to a classmate's post is due no later than 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday each week. 

Discussion postings will be graded according to the discussion grade criteria table in the Start Here section in the Content Area.  The original post carries 3 points and responding to classmates is worth 2 points. You may use APA, MLA, or Chicago styles as long as you are consistent throughout the discussion.


Dropbox Assignments

In this course, there are eight short paper assignments that must be completed and posted to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of each assigned week. Each short written assignment will be assessed on the basis of:

  • completeness,
  • correct spelling,
  • neatness,
  • originality,
  • content, and
  • focus on the assignment.

Papers should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and should be no more than 250 words in length. In addition, you should must include headings, assignment number, and title. You may use APA, MLA, or Chicago styles as long as you are consistent throughout the essay.

Note:  You must complete the Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz before you can access the first Dropbox assignment.  The Plagiarism Quiz is ungraded and can be found in the Quizzes section in D2L.


Final Paper

The final paper will be due by 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday of Week 8. Your paper must be between 5 and 7 pages in length (not counting your title page, abstract, or reference  sections). The paper may be over a topic of your choosing, but does require instructor approval. Please submit your final paper topic to me through the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday of Week 4.

The final paper must be double spaced, 12-point font, have a cover page, and reference or works cited page.  The paper may  be written in APA, MLA, or Chicago style. It will be assessed on the basis of percent of completeness, correct spelling, neatness, originality, and content.

If you have questions, please post them in the General Discussion Forum in D2L.


Midterm Exam

During Week 4, you will complete a midterm exam.  This midterm exam is not proctored.   The exam will consist of 5 true/false, 5 multiple choice questions, and 2 long essay questions.  Each essay question should be answered carefully and thoroughly in no less than 250 words.  These questions may come from anything found in the readings and Instructional Materials from Weeks 1 - 4. 

You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam and only one attempt on the exam.  The midterm exam will open at 12:01 a.m. CT on Tuesday of Week 4 and must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday of Week 4.


Final Exam

During Week 8, you will complete a final exam.  This final exam is proctored.   You must submit your proctoring information during Week 2. The exam will consist of 5 true/false, 5 multiple choice questions, and 2 long essay questions.
  Each essay question should be answered carefully and thoroughly in no less than 250 words.  These questions may come from anything found in the readings and Instructional Materials from Weeks 5 - 8. 

You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam and only one attempt on the exam.  The final exam will open at 12:01 a.m. CT on Tuesday of Week 8 and must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., Saturday of Week 8.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Westernizing Reforms in the 19thCentury
Readings
  • Goldschmidt: Pages 148-163
  • Review Instructional Materials
Introduction Discussion
Please go to the discussion area and take a moment to introduce yourself. Please share your motivation for studying Middle East culture and society.
Discussion 1
Share your thoughts on Napoleon’s claims that he and the French were model Muslims. What was he trying to accomplish? What did he assume about Middle Eastern culture?
Dropbox Assignment 1
Discuss the “Westernization” of the Ottoman Empire. Why do you think a country that is so fiercely proud of its religion, culture, and history seeks to mimic Western institutions?
Plagiarism Quiz
You must review and complete the Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz prior to submitting your first Dropbox Assignment.  The tutorial and quiz will remain open throughout the course so you can refresh your understanding as necessary.  Once you have reviewed the Plagiarism Tutorial and completed the associated quiz, Dropbox Assignment 1 in the Dropbox area will open for you to submit your assignment.
Week 2: Nationalism and Rage
Discussion 2
Which of the artist that we explored this week resonated with you? Why? Cite examples of their work if you can.
Dropbox Assignment 2
Discuss the term ‘nationalism.’ What are its benefits? What are its disadvantages? Please cite your sources.
Readings
  • Goldschmidt: Pages 164-174 and 182-198
  • Review Instructional Materials
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: The Middle East Meets Modernity
Discussion 3
In common parlance, the terms “Westernization” and “modernization” are used almost interchangeably. This week we studied three Middle Eastern nations’ attempts to modernize. Is it possible to embrace modernity while rejecting Westernization?
Dropbox Assignment 3

From the Middle Eastern countries discussed in this week’s readings, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, choose any one country and discuss how it approached the challenges of modernity.

Readings
  • Goldschmidt: Pages 164-174 and 199-224
  • Review Instructional Materials
Week 4: The Contest for Palestine
Readings
  • Goldschmidt: Pages 249-268
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 4
The contest for Palestine has been described as a religious conflict that dates back to Biblical times, but in reality, it is a very modern conflict born of two people with claims to the same piece of real estate. Although it is not likely that the conflict will be solved any time soon, offer a recommendation, no matter how simplistic, that you believe would help to bring the conflict to an end.
Dropbox Assignment 4
Discuss the term ‘Zionism,’ its goals, and its major founders. Please cite your sources.
Final Paper Topic
Please submit your Final Paper topic to the appropriate Dropbox folder.  All Final Paper Topics must be approved.
Midterm Exam

The midterm exam is not proctored and will open at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday of Week 4.  The midterm exam will cover the readings and Instructional Materials in Weeks 1 - 4.  The exam will consist of 5 true/false, 5 multiple choice questions, and 2 long essay questions.  Each of the essays should be answered carefully and thoroughly in no less than 250 words.

You will have one attempt and 90 minutes to complete the exam.  The exam must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday.

Week 5: Nationalism and Rage
Discussion 5

Share your impressions of the film, “In Search of Palestine: Edward Said’s Return Home.”

The video can be found in this week's Instructional Materials.

Dropbox Assignment 5
Discuss the term ‘Pan-Arabism,’ its goals, and how it is similar to Zionism. Please cite your sources.
Readings
  • Goldschmidt: Pages 269-300
  • Review Instructional Materials
Week 6: The Reassertion of Islamic Power
Discussion 6

Share your impressions of Rick Steve’s Iran and Lamorisse’s The Lovers Wind. How did these programs match your vision of Iran as depicted in media and popular culture?

The videos can be found in this week's Instructional Materials.

Dropbox Assignment 6
Discuss the term ‘Islamism,’ its goals, and how it is different from Islam. Please cite your sources.
Readings
  • Goldschmidt: Pages 335-363 &383-385
  • Review Instructional Materials
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: The War on Terrorism
Discussion 7
Terrorism, as discussed in this week’s lecture, is a tactic, not a movement, country, or ideology. Is it possible to wage war on a tactic?
Dropbox Assignment 7
Discuss how the U.S. led War on Terror has affected Middle Eastern society. Please cite your sources.
Readings
  • Goldschmidt: Pages 386-416
  • Review Instructional Materials
Week 8: The Arab Spring
Readings
  • Goldschmidt: Pages 417-442
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 8
One of the most iconic photos taken during the Vietnam War was of the self-immolation of ThíchQuảng Đức, a Buddhist monk who set himself on fire at a busy intersection in Saigon to protest the treatment of Buddhists by the government of South Vietnam. Can we compare Đức’s self-immolation to that of Mohammed Bouazizi? Do you think he, like Đức, was trying to start a revolution?
Final Paper

In 5-7 pages, discuss your approved topic. You may use APA, MLA, or Chicago style, but it must be used consistently throughout the paper.  The paper must be double spaced and 12-point font.  Your paper must have a cover page and bibliography or works cited page. Originality Check will be turned on, so the paper must be your own original work.

Submit your completed paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder.

Dropbox Assignment 8
Discuss the term 'Arab Spring', its goals, and how it has affected the Middle East. Please cite your sources.
Final Exam

The final exam is proctored and will open at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday of Week 8.  The final exam will cover the readings and Instructional Materials in Weeks 5 - 8.  The exam will consist of 5 true/false, 5 multiple choice questions, and 2 long essay questions.  Each of the essays should be answered carefully and thoroughly in no less than 250 words.

You will have one attempt and 90 minutes to complete the exam.  The exam must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late assignments will be accepted without prior approval from the instructor, unless there are truly extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student. The instructor must be notified prior to the due date of the assignment, if it will be late. The instructor will determine whether or not a particular reason for late submission is truly beyond the student’s control.  No late discussions will be accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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