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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Rachel Sternfeld

BA, New York University; MSC, University of London-SOAS

Rachel Sternfeld

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Comparative Politics, Methodology

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

39071 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 300pm-430pm MEZ B0.306
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Prerequisites

Twenty-four semester hours of college coursework, including Government 310L, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test (or an appropriate assessment test).

 

Course Description

The events sometimes called the ‘Arab Spring’ began on December 17, 2010.  In the following years, four “presidents-for-life” – Ben Ali (Tunisia), Mubarak (Egypt), al-Qaddafi (Libya), Saleh (Yemen) – were forced out of office.  NATO forces helped depose al-Qaddafi in Libya; today the American government is beginning to arm the rebels Syria.  In this course we will explore these events and consider their implications for U.S. foreign policy.  We will read, listen to and watch first-person descriptions, journalistic accounts and academic interpretations of the events that began in December 2010 and continue until today.  We will consider the role of the United States in the Arab world prior to and during these events.  As we discuss these events in the classroom, we will continually return to a simple, yet difficult to answer question: What should U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world look like?

 

Grading

45%  ̶  Three exams

            Exam 1(multiple choice): 10% of final grade

            Exam 2 (multiple choice): 15% of final grade

            Exam 3 (multiple choice and cumulative essay): 20% of final grade

 

30%  ̶  Three-phase paper project:

Thesis and bibliography: 5% of final grade

Outline: 10% of final grade

Final paper: 15% of final grade.

 

20%  ̶  Attendance and Participation assessed through ‘pop-quizzes’ and other in-class assignments and activities.

 

5% -- Map quiz.

 

Texts

 

The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know by James L. Gelvin (2012).

 

Other required materials will be available through Blackboard.

 

[Optional] National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East, Second Edition (2008).

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

39080 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.306
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV S312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

85170 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 830am-1000am CLA 1.104
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

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