Short Course: Teaching about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Teaching about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Gamze Cavdar
Full Day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Marriott Wardman Park, McKinley Room

This full day course, endorsed by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) section (#49), aims to train advanced graduate students and faculty (tenure- track & non tenure-track) who teach MENA related issues in their courses but lack the regional expertise. Research demonstrates that students have a significant degree of preconceived notions about the MENA region. Research also demonstrates that these notions lower students’ ability to learn the course material and undermines the effectiveness of classroom instruction. Many political science courses, such as International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Foreign Policy, and Terrorism, now include some aspects of the MENA region making this a concern across sub-disciplines.

Specifically, this full day course:

  1. aims to identify and discuss common misunderstandings, misconceptions and biases concerning the MENA region;
  2. provides a platform to discuss the best strategies to challenge them;
  3. brings together a number of experts to lecture about certain topics, such as women’s status, Islamism, diversity, democratization, social media, etc.; and
  4. provides resources, such as sample lectures/slides, reading lists, movies/documentaries.

In addition to the organizers of the course, Gamze Çavdar (Colorado State University) and Sultan Tepe (University of Illinois at Chicago), will invite experts to lecture about the region.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

**All Short Courses will take place on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the APSA 2019 Annual Meeting in  Washington, DC.**