UNLV PSC 407D - Political Science 407D.1 Political Systems of the Middle East and North Africa (7 pages)

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Psc 407d - Political Systems of the Middle East and North Africa
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UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS Department of Political Science Political Science 407D 1 Political Systems of the Middle East and North Africa Professor Mehran Tamadonfar Office WRI 212 Phone number 895 3318 E mail mehran tamadonfar unlv edu Office Hours T R 11 30a m 12 30 p m T 4 5 p m and by appointment Fall 2010 WRI C237 TR 10 11 15 a m Teaching Assistant Autoosa Kojoori Saatchi PURPOSE AND SCOPE This area study Comparative Politics course is designed to familiarize students with the methodological and theoretical tools for the study of developing political systems and provide them with an in depth analysis of the contexts characteristics and dynamics of the Political institutions processes and policies in the Muslim Middle East and North Africa Although references to and comparisons with the state of Israel will be made throughout the semester the scope of our methodological framework which is designed to study only developing underdeveloped political systems does not allow for an adequate and independent treatment of this developed system Furthermore in the absence of effective institutions our lectures will mostly focus on the significance of informal politics and role of personalities in these neo patrimonial systems and their impacts on change and development rather than on the institutional characteristics of the systems which are generally marginal to the dynamics of politics in this region We will have an issue oriented approach to our studies rather than a country by country one This enables us to cover a broad range of topics including historical socio cultural demographic geographic and economic contexts of the political systems and processes in this region While discussing historical events and classical Islamic political though is useful and sometimes unavoidable my intent here is to concentrate on contemporary issues and thoughts To follow the lectures it is imperative that the students keep up with the readings and pay attention to current issues in



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