FDCA 203

The Middle East


Course Description

The Middle East has played a significant role in world history. Its present-day turmoil and potential impact on the future make it no less significant today. This course will introduce students to Middle East history, geography, politics, culture, religion, and current issues the region is facing.

Content and Topics  

Course content may include Middle East history, Arab and Jewish origins, Mohammad, the Arab Empire, tribalism, geography, border disputes, regional and international wars, politics, geopolitics, Arab culture, religion, current events, Islam, Islamism, terrorism, Israel, Zionism, LOS perspectives, and regional issues.

Goals and Objectives  

Students will:

    • Demonstrate general factual knowledge of the geography, history, politics, culture, religion, and societies of the Middle East;
    • Analyze and interpret specific Middle Eastern issues from economic, political, geographic, and other perspectives;
    • Locate and engage appropriate research materials, and construct effective arguments on Middle Eastern topics;
    • Develop sensitivity for cultural differences that will foster prudence and good judgment in international affairs and in daily life.

Course Requirements

This course will require extensive reading that will enhance students understanding of Latter-Day Saint perspectives on Islam, geopolitical issues (primarily related to oil and water), the Arab Spring, current events, Arab culture, the rise of radicalism, the Palestine-Israel land settlement issue, and more. Classes may also require quizzes, tests, weekly Middle East news reports, short essays, presentations, and participation in groups.

Course Prerequisites
  • Completion of Writing and Reasoning (FDENG 101) with a D- or higher
  • Completion of American Foundations (FDAMF 101) with a D- or higher
  • Completion of Foundations of Humanities (FDCA 101) with a D- or higher
Semesters Taught  

Winter Spring Fall

Course Lead

Jim Richards
Jim Richards

E-MAIL
richardsj@byui.edu