Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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 30364

From the Instructor:

I would like to welcome you all to our summer 2015 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 located at: http://www.pcc.edu/about/distance/ 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: (503) 977-8222 or 1-866-922-1010 x8222. They are paid to help you and will be happy to do so. For questions regarding your textbooks availability please contact the PCC Book Store at: http://www.pcc.edu/resources/bookstore/. Your required textbooks may also be available in digital version or through rent for cheaper prices.

Course Specific Requirements:
Below, I have listed your textbooks for the course. Please get your required books prior to beginning of the term. You are responsible only for our required books; the other books are optional and can be used for doing your optional extra credit article 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)

Angel Millar, The Crescent and the Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism and Revolution in the Modern Age, Numen Books, February 5, 2015 (ISBN-13: 978-0994252500)

Good luck,
Masoud Kheirabadi

P.S. This is a totally online course, so there is NO in-person Orientation or any other such meetings. The D2L (Desire to Learn) web site for the course will become available to you on Monday June 22. See you online.

Web Technical Requirements:
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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.
Web Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learners:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learners. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes. To learn more, go to http://www.pcc.edu/osg
To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes.
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To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. BA101).
CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
30364 WEB » - 22-Jun-2015 thru 25-Jul-2015
Instructor: Masoud Kheirabadi
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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