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GEO204 Geography of Middle East

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Examines the impacts of different physical and cultural factors on formation, development, and distribution patterns of human settlements. Examines the influence of religious beliefs as well as other cultural elements in the evolution of human landscapes and the quality of life within the region. Examines the Middle East as a culturally diverse region (i.e. not a monolith) and explores the dominant value systems held by different Middle Eastern societies. Focuses on population issues, urbanization processes, traditionalism, modernity, male-female relations, feminism, democracy, and westernization. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 30436

From the Instructor:

I would like to welcome you all to our summer 2014 course: GEO 204: Geography of the Middle East. Some of you may not be very familiar with the PCC online teaching/learning system, but I assure you that you will learn fast and will do just fine. If this is your first online class I suggest that you go through our Online Learning Orientation and click on New Students on the left side of the page.

If you need technical help dont hesitate to contact the Student Help Desk: 971-722-8222. For questions regarding your textbook availability contact the PCC Bookstore.

Course Specific Requirements:

Below I have listed your textbooks for the course. Please get your books prior to beginning of the term and make sure to get the right books. Your first critical thinking essay is due Sunday, June 29, and I will not accept not having my books on-hand as an excuse for late assignments. Having the wrong books also will not be accepted as an excuse for late assignments. You are responsible only for the required books; the other books are optional and can be used for doing your optional extra credit article/book reviews.


  • Colbert Held, Middle East Patterns: Places, Peoples, and Politics (Paperback), Westview Press; 6th edition, 2013 (ISBN: 978-0813348773)

  • Dan Smith, The State of the Middle East: An Atlas of Conflict and Resolution (Paperback), University of California Press, 2nd ed., 2008 (ISBN- 0520257537)


  • Masoud Kheirabadi, Iran (Modern World Nations) 2nd edition, Chelsea House Publishing, 2011 (ISBN: 1604139390)

  • Quentin Wodon, et al, Climate Change and Migration: Evidence from the Middle East and North Africa, World Bank, 2014 (ISBN-13: 978-0821399712)

  • Shadi Hamid, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East, Oxford University Press, April 14, 2014 (ISBN-13: 978-0199314058)

See you online!
Masoud Kheirabadi

P.S. There is NO in-person Orientation for this course. The class D2L web site will become available to you on June 23.

Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
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  CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
WEB » 30436 - 23-Jun-2014 thru 16-Aug-2014
Instructor: Masoud Kheirabadi
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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