For all work on Canvas - don't worry about headers, or format, etc - eTudes will change it. Follow the directions and put things in the correct order .... Concentrate on content...
Discussion Prep... On Canvas.
Post a response to the prompt on eTudes of at least five paragraphs. PRINT it or have access to it in class to facilitate our discussions. These add up to half your participation grade.
Prompt for Class Discussion Preparation: #1 When was the first time in your life you became aware of "The Middle East" as a place in the world? What are the impressions in your mind associated with your first understanding of "That part of the world"? Were the first images you had "streotypes"?
#2 Find a recent written media report or view a cable TV (or similar) US news broadcast about Islam, or Muslim culture or beliefs. Try to identify THREE things the report got correct and THREE things it got wrong about Islam, Muslim culture or beliefs. How much is sterotype?
#3 View any recent Western Motion Picture (film or TV show) that features on any aspect of the Middle East, Islamic culture, etc. Try to identify AT LEAST THREE distinct stereotypes and discuss them.
#4 Is there a realistic "path to peace" in the Arab/Israeli conflict in YOUR lifetime? Explain why or why not and what the US and other world powers could do to "help" the process along.
Will be in class - essays and short answers. If you miss it - you missed it - no make-ups.
The Course Project "DECLARATION."
In one paragraph, simply state which country from the region you have chosen for your Course Project. Post on Canvas. Be prepared to discuss in class.
The Course Project "WORKING REFERENCES."
Use APA and list at least eight (8) college level sources you have already read and will use for your course project. Not Wikipedia (childish), nor blogs, nor other b.s., You should use academic journals, news sources, etc. (Your final Reference List will be longer!) Follow APA format. - Post on Canvas
The Course Project "WORKING THESIS."
In one or two sentences, take a stand on your comparison of the two countries you have chosen. Say something worth saying. Focus on the future. This should be close tot he thesis you use in your course project - the main point of your course project! Post on Canvas. Be prepared to discuss in class.
THE COURSE PROJECT: (2500 words (ten pages) (body of paper) APA style research paper.)
Focusing on the country you have choosen, answer the following questions:
First, briefly describe the recent history of you county (last eight years or so). Explain the impact of the "Arab Spring" on the politics, culture and economics of your country. Looking specificly at the following issues: the role of the Ulema, the abiltiy of the leadership (political party or political elite) to stay in power (or not), the use of government and protester organized violence, the economic and political development (or not) and challanges, what are the prospects for "postive change" (more food, jobs, more political and social rights, transparency, lessen poverty, increase education and healthcare)? Or could that change be something else? Look five years ahead and make predictions about the changes that will occur in your country. Be bold but realistic.
The FINAL EXAM will be "a take home" of one or two essays that will be announced well in advance of the final and due on the scheduled day of the final. The Final CAN NOT be taken late.
Your PARTICIPATION GRADE will be based on your active and positive participation in class. Of course your attendance and punctuality are a prerequisite for participation. If you post your response to the discussion prompt you MAY earn points in the discussion... If you DO NOT post anything - you DO NOT get to talk... sorry - be prepared or - please - do not waste our time.
Students need to be on time and attend all class meetings. Roll will be taken at the beginning of class. ALL WORK IS DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS! If you are not present when roll is taken you will be marked absent. Tardiness is simply rude and disrespectful.
Students with disabilities or who need any assistance or reasonable accommodation should contact the instructor. Such students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Services. You need to be your own advocate.
Students are encouraged to form and work in study groups. However, each student must do her or his own work. Students who copy, cheat, plagiarize or in other fashion violate the spirit or letter (or both) of the rules of the College or the District (or both) may be excluded from this class, at a minimum.
We will take at least one break each class - PLEASE You need to stay in class all class long. Getting up and leaving and retrurning is VERY RUDE - PLEASE DO NOT DO IT. We are adults - Act like it please!.