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Introduction to Political Thought in the Modern Middle East

February 10, 2007

Morisson, Scott
Introduction to Political Thought in the Modern Middle East

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Yes, he certainly is pretentious, really to the point of being condescending. When he is not using his multisyllablic, Latin words, he will give you the most basic information as you were some kind of ill-informed dolt. On the plus side, he is very bright, albeit on a narrow range of topics, and is very formal and polite. His approach is what people in the history and anthropology classes call 'positivist' and is most useful for people interested in political science and philosophy.

He is a real stickler about attendance and generally about doing things just so. There are absolutely no paper extensions. He has exacting rules about what kinds of drinks we can bring to class. Nothing that will make a loud noise is allowed. If you can not deal with this kind of personality, you need to get out. Or run screaming.

Workload:

midterm and 30-35 page paper.

May 25, 2006

Morisson, Scott
Introduction to Political Thought in the Modern Middle East

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Morrison is an extremely knowledgeable and intelligent professor. His lectures are well-organized, insightful, and interesting. He is open to student interpretations and encouraging of any well-thought out comments. If you are interested in the subject, Morrision is a fantastic professor and this is a great class. If you are looking for a "survey" of the politics of the Middle East, try another class. However, if you want to read analyze texts by some of the most crucial thinkers in the region's recent history, then you need to take this class.

Workload:

mid-term and 25-30 pg paper

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