Politics and Societies of the Middle East through Films
Instructor: Hasan Kösebalaban
Course Dates: May 27 – July 2, 2014
Class Meeting Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 2:00 –4:45 pm
The course examines social, economic, political, and ideological structures of the contemporary Middle East with an emphasis on the concepts such as the rentier state, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the rise of Islamic social and political movements. Particular emphasis is given to the implications of the Arab Spring uprisings, authoritarian backlash, the ensuing conflicts, and the process of social and political change. A selection of films and videos complements theoretical and conceptual material in order to provide insight into history, geography, and sociopolitical background of the Middle East. Students are assigned classroom discussions and written reviews on these films as part of their required tasks.