Middle Eastern History and Civilization

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Course Description:
This course is an introductory course on a history of the Middle East. It traces the historical and cultural influences that have contributed to the development of the unique region known as the Middle East. It examines the impact of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in this history, while placing the primary emphasis on understanding the cultural and historical background of the major problems facing the Middle East today. This course has been designated as an international, diversity course.


Course Details


Robert L. Ivey

Richard Ivey

Mary McClendon

James A. Padgett


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Goldschmidt, Arthur, and Boum, Aomar. A Concise History of the Middle East. 12th ed. Boulder: Taylor, 2019. Print. ISBN: 9780813350912 (Paperback)


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify contemporary social and political crises and their philosophical and cultural roots.

Examine the social and cultural traditions of ethnic groups within societies of the Middle East.

Examine the relationship among world cultures and how those relationships shape world events.

SS-1, SS-3

SS-3, SS-4


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Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials.
  • Attend and participate in class discussions.
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  • Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions.


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