Media, Politics & Society: The Arab World In The Global Context
Media, Politics & Society: The Arab World In The Global Context is a website I produced to house all of the student work produced in a Middle Eastern Studies course I taught during the 2011 summer semester.
This six-week Middle Eastern Studies course was principally concerned with the politics of the Middle East and the region’s changing position and portrayal in the world. In an age marked by dramatic social and technological transformation, the course offered students an innovative and integrated perspective, combining insights from a range of disciplines, including political science, religious studies, international relations, media studies, and international development.
Students participated in a series of lectures and multimedia workshops that exposed them to a wide spectrum of ideas and tools so they could develop the critical research faculties needed to document, analyze, produce, and communicate knowledge of the Middle East throughout the region and beyond. Students were expected to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental debates concerning the way the Middle East is studied and portrayed amongst both academic and non-academic sources/audiences. The objective was to prepare students to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various ‘schools’ of thought and media outlets, to identify underlying assumptions and biases, and to arrive at and defend their own conclusions.