The Arab World Today: Contemporary History and International Relations

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Arab World Today: Contemporary History and International Relations

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    History, International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    OBJECTIVES
    This Course will introduce students to the contemporary history of the Arab world and its
    international relations during the 20th and 21st centuries. It will describe the major events in the history
    of the Eastern (Mashreq) and Western (Maghreb) Arab states during this period and of the development
    of their relations with Europe and the United States. Special attention will be paid to Spain’s relations
    with the Maghreb region, particularly with Morocco.

    METHODOLOGY
    Classes will involve lectures, but student active participation will be encouraged through the
    discussion of assigned readings, through the screening of movies, as well as through student assignment
    presentations.

    SYLLABUS
    1. Who are the Arabs? What is Islam? The geography of the Arab world.
    2. The legacy of the First World War and European Colonialism in the Mashreq region. The rise of
    the Arab Nation-States. The origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
    3. The Cold War and Arab nationalism. The Suez Crisis. The United States and the decolonisation of
    North Africa.
    4. The legacy of European Colonialism in the Maghreb region. Spanish and French relations with the
    Maghreb. The Maghrebi Cold War and the Arab-Maghreb Union.
    5. The development of United States policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict.
    6. The Western Sahara conflict and its international dimension.
    7. The Gulf War and its aftermath.
    8. The Algerian crisis.
    9. Arab emigrants in Europe and the United States and their impact on Arab foreign policies.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.