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 bildutrapagaran.info.
General information and advice on courses at Build 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