Day School - Sowing Conflict in the Middle East

Ref: C3529533

The seeds of today's conflicts that dominate the Middle East were sown in the early 19th century. They were the result of Europe's great powers expanding their spheres of influence in exploiting the desire for nationalism amongst the many individual territories of the rapidly collapsing Ottoman Empire.

Course aim

To assist learners in identifying the causes behind conflicts that in 2018 are taking the MIddle East regional powers ever closer to warfare that may well involve the USA, Russia, Israel, Iran and Turkey

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify three historical factors that have resulted in the current political structure of the Middle East
  • Name two reasons why Israel has managed to achieve the position of an important balancer of power in the Middle East
  • The purpose behind Russia's political and military involvement in today's Middle East is nearly identical to her purpose during the 19th century rule of the Romanov Czars. Identify it, and explain why it has remained a constant to this day.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School - Sowing Conflict in the Middle East


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