What is the course about?
Examine the complex realities of the 'Arab Spring', the different outcomes emerging in the various Arab states and the aftermath, on this interactive lecture-based course. This interactive lecture course provides an insight into a rapidly changing situation with major implications for the 21st century.
What will we cover?
- The upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria; implications for the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and international relations.
- The different outcomes emerging in the various Arab states and the aftermath.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key events in the recent history of the Middle East
- Discuss conflicting arguments over the causes of these dramatic developments.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required, although there will be some recommended reading. This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lectures, questions, and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and pen for recording ideas would be useful.
Some books are recommended for optional further reading should you wish to attend the other two courses.
Anne Alexander, Nasser (Haus Publishing, London, 2005)
Adeed Dawisha, The Second Arab Awakening: Revolution, Democracy, and the Islamist Challenge from Tunis to
Damascus (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013)
Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples. With a New Afterword by Malise Ruthven (Harvard University Press,
Cambridge, Mass., 2010)
Peter Mansfield, A History of the Middle East (3rd edition revised and updated by Nicholas Pelham, Penguin,
Eugene L. Rogan, The Arabs: A History (Basic Books, New York, 2009).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There is a range of courses available at the City Lit which explore other aspects of modern history, politics and culture.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details