What is the course about?
This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region.
What will we cover?
-The implications of of the Sykes-Picot treaty
-The impact of WWII
-The rise of American power and its consequences in the Middle East
-The struggle for power in Syria
-The US and Britain
-The Iranian Revolution
-The impact of the Gulf war.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Analyse contemporary politics through the prism of power politics in the region
- Identify the key aspects of the historical roots of the struggle
- Analyse the post WWII reconfiguration of the Middle East
- Identify the opposing arguments about the struggle and its origins.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a
reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses,
an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more
important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation, interactive group discussion, slideshow, tutor-guided analysis of texts/video clips. There are no outside work to prepare, for this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No costs. Bring note making items (paper, pen, tablet, laptop) as required or desired.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further information on other courses and their details can be found at online at www.citylit.ac.uk.