The Media and the Middle East

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Majors Only

The Media and the Middle East

Spring 2019

Taught By: Anthony Karon

Section: A

CRN: 6657

Credits: 3

This course will examine the U.S. media's construction of the narratives that shape public policy debate on issues of war and peace in the Middle East. Its focus will include: a critical examination of some of the basic concepts deployed in those debates -- "Arab", "Islamic", and, indeed, "Western", as well as of the sociology of the American media in respect of Middle East coverage; the construction of the case for war in Iraq, and the reporting of its insurgency and its politics; the media's construction of the conflict between the U.S., Israel and Iran; the media's construction of the narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and its coverage of "the peace process"; the media's coverage of Egypt's internal political struggles and the questions of Arab democracy, as well as of the Islamist movements throughout the region; the emergence of new media platforms in the region, from al-Jazeera to the blogosphere to social networking, and their impact in reshaping the political landscape. The course deals with issues that are very much alive, and will as far as possible adopt a kind of "real-time" approach in applying critical tools to current media coverage and its influence on policy.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:54pm 11/13/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019