This program will explore the road to democracy in the Islamic World, including road blocks to the formation of democratic governments, such as ethno-nationalism, competing ideologies, fundamentalism, corruption, conflicts, and cultural-historical factors. The role of the United States as a force for promoting democracy in the Islamic world will be a central focus of the program.
This course is inspired by the mass demonstrations against authoritarian rule in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria, as well as major protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman that occurred in early 2011. These demonstrations, which were organized by young people, provide the United States the opportunity to show support for democratic reform and human rights, but they also carry the risk of empowering Islamic movements which are opposed to American policy throughout the Islamic World. Turkey is an ideal location for staging this program, because of its position as a Western-style and secular democratic state with a largely Muslim population.Visit the program on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/112093362237141/
Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip air transportation to Istanbul. Transportation for program-related field trips is arranged by SU Abroad and included in the program fee. Students will be housed in shared rooms in a residence hall in Istanbul.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.
Students who choose to arrange and pay for their own housing in Istanbul must notify SU Abroad in writing at the time of application.
The Road to Cemocracy in the Islamic World
(PSC/ IRP/ MES 400/600, 3 credits, undergraduate and graduate)
This course will combine lectures, discussions, role-playing exercises, simulations, and guest lectures by faculty from Turkish universities. Students will be expected to participate fully in classroom activities, make oral presentations, write journals, and take integrative exams.
(PSC/ IRP/ MES 490/690, 3 credits, undergraduate and graduate)
For students wishing to earn additional 3 credits and at the same time explore in more depth some of the themes discussed in the course, they can sign up for an Independent Study. Working closely with Professor Bonham and Professor Boroujerdi, they will define a research topic, conduct research and present the results in a research paper format.
In order to apply to this program, please complete the online application: https://apply.embark.com/syracuse/SUAbroad/13/
G. Matthew Bonham is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and Co-Director of the Public Diplomacy Program. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and the American University. His research involves international communication and the development of models of policy decision-making. He is currently conducting comparative research on how we talk about the “war on terrorism.” He is currently conducting research on communicative aspects of the "War on Terrorism." His recent research has been published in International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, the Journal of the European Society for Iranian Studies, the Middle East Journal, as well as a number of anthologies.
Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he also serves as the Founding Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program and Founding Co-Director of the Religion, Media and International Relations Program He was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to more than thirty journal articles and book chapters in English and Persian, he is the author of I Carved, Worshiped and Shattered: Essays on Iranian Politics, Identity and Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism, and he is the editor of Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and Theory of Statecraft.
|Program begins:||June 15, 2013|
|Program ends:||July 13, 2013|
|Application deadline:||February 20*|
* Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.
|UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)|
|Tuition||3,111 (estimated rate)|
|UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits)|
|Tuition||$6,222 (estimated rate)|
|GRADUATE (3 credits)|
|Tuition||$3,882 (estimated rate)|
|GRADUATE (6 credits)|
|Tuition||$7,764 (estimated rate)|
Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.
Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:
Air travel: $1,200
Books & Supplies: $30
These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.