After the Arab Spring: Democratic Aspirations and State Failure
- To know the theoretic base for the development of the Arab societies and the tendencies of their future development as well as the mechanisms of beginning and developing of regional conflicts. To adequately use the instruments of formulating clear objectives and choosing effective means of their solving at the base of the data analysis and other methods.
- Analyses the Instability and Institutional Failure.
- Gets acquainted to Governance.
- Operates knowledge about Institutions.
- Explains Economics: Bread, Dignity and Freedom
- Analyses Human Development: Growth and Frustration
- Demonstrates Outlook: Elusive Stability
- IntroductionFamiliarization with the structure of the course.
- Theme 1. Instability and Institutional FailureUnderstanding some of the mistakes that were made in the decades prior to the outbreak of the recent Arab rebellions. These shortcomings have led to stunted and underperforming political systems, much at variance with developments elsewhere
- Theme 2. GovernanceAcquaintance to the availability of essentially free income flowing to the governments of the region. These ‘rents’ have sustained a repressive arrangement in which citizens pay little or no taxes and have no voice
- Theme 3. InstitutionsLearning the concept of institutions, namely values, stable, repeated patterns of behavior; also, what institutions are, how they come about, how their relative effectiveness is measures, how and why they decline, and why all that matters
- Theme 4. Economics: Bread, Dignity and FreedomUnderstanding the material bases of popular discontent, especially the connection between the states’ explicit promises of delivering welfare that have become increasingly unsustainable in the face of exploding population growth and falling revenues
- Theme 5. Human Development: Growth and FrustrationUnderstanding structural changes beyond anyone’s control lead to different ways of living and, thus, value changes. With explosive population growth, social institutions have not kept up and norms are contested, often violently.
- Theme 6. Outlook: Elusive StabilityTying together some of the structural shortcomings that have produced the dysfunction that drove the Arab rebellions, this section casts a somewhat gloomy picture about the formidable tasks ahead if these societies want to redress the causes of discontent and return to stability
- final lessonthe last lesson of the course is devoted to assigning grades based on the results of passing the tests of the online course
- Interim assessment (1 module)0.17 * Test 1 + 0.17 * Test 2 + 0.165 * Test 3 + 0.165 * Test 4 + 0.165 * Test 5 + 0.165 * Test 6
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- Alisa Shishkina, & Leonid Issaev. (2017). From Fitnah to Thaura: The Metamorphosis of the Arab-Muslim Protest Movements. Religions, (9), 193. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel8090193