sap course 1429479373

Course Code & Number:

PSIR 444

Course Title:

Culture and Society in the Middle East

Level of Course:

BS

Credits:

(3+0+0) 3 TEDU Credits, 6 ECTS Credits

Catalog Description:

Middle Eastern societies and cultures. Gender, children, popular entertainment, humor and folk religion.

Pre-requisites & Co-requisites:

Pre-requisites: NONE
Co-requisites: NONE
Year of Study: 
Senior
Semester: 
Spring
Mode of Delivery: 
Face-to-face
Language of Instruction: 
English
Course Type: 
Elective
Required Reading: 
1. Donna Lee Bowen and Evelyn A. Early (eds.), Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East (Indiana University Press, 1993).
Course Objective: 

The major aim of this course is to explore the Middle Eastern culture and societies with an emphasis on such topics as gender, children, popular entertainment, humor and folk religion. The course to provide students with an in-depth knowledge on daily life practices, events and rituals of popular heritage in the Middle East.

Extended Description: 

Middle Eastern societies and cultures: Introduction. Critical assessment of top-down “strategic” perspectives of conventional studies on Middle East. Focus on historical and anthropological studies. The human face of the region. A bottom-up illustration of the region from the point of view of such issues, themes and debates as gender, children, popular entertainment, humor and folk religion.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Understand the social and cultural structure of Middle Eastern societies.
2. Understand the socio-cultural and socio-historical aspects of gender, children, popular entertainment, humor and folk religion in the Middle Eastern context.
3. Understand the factors that shape the Middle Eastern cultures.
4. Identify and critically assess the Western perceptions regarding the Middle Eastern cultures.
5. Understand the interaction between politics and culture.
6. Appreciate cultural diversity and different life styles.
7. Find and use material on the themes elaborated during the course.
8. Communicate effectively in speech and writing.

Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods: 
Telling/Explaining
Discussion/Debate
Questioning
Reading
Demonstrating
Oral Presentation
Web Searching
Assessment Methods and Criteria: 
Test / Exam
Quiz/Homework
Written Project
Presentation (Oral/Poster)

Student Workload:

Quizzes /Homeworks
32
hrs
Midterm Exam 1
16
hrs
Final Exam
16
hrs
Research Review
16
hrs
Case Study Analysis
16
hrs

Prepared By:

Aylin Özman

Revised By:

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