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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
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Subtitles: English, Arabic, Spanish
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Instability and Institutional Failure

In this section, you will become acquainted with 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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
1b. The Arab Exception: Critical Reason and Responsibility8m
1c. Relativism and Reality: The Price of Inadaption12m
1d. Physical Elections and Necessary Comparisons7m
Reading1 reading
Readings for module 1m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Broken Societies and an Aborted Awakening16m
The Arab Exception: Critical Reason and Responsibility16m
Relativism and Reality: The Price of Inadaption16m
Physical Elections and Necessary Comparisons16m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Governance

At the heart of most of the enduring problems plaguing the Arab world is 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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
2b. The Authoritarian Social Contract and the Absence of Politics12m
2c. Now is the Winter of Our Discontent9m
2d. The Absence of Politics: Fear, Stability, Institutional Decay, and Polarising Elections11m
Reading1 reading
Readings for module 2m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Missing the Boat to the 'Third Wave' of Democratisation16m
The Authoritarian Social Contract and the Absence of Politics16m
Now is the Winter of Our Discontent16m
The Absence of Politics: Fear, Stability, Institutional Decay, and Polarising Elections16m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Institutions

Social action inevitably produces institutions, namely values, stable, repeated patterns of behaviour. In this section, you will learn what institutions are, how they come about, how their relative effectiveness is measures, how and why they decline, and why all that matters. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 43 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
3b. The Miracle of Politics: Accountability and Effectiveness9m
3c. Contestation of Models: Is 'Good Governance' a Western or an Islamic Idea?10m
3d. Contingency, Trajectories and Performance Standards12m
Reading1 reading
Readings for module 310m
Quiz4 practice exercises
The Necessity of Politics: Power and Authority16m
The Miracle of Politics: Accountability and Effectiveness16m
Contestation of Models: Is 'Good Governance' a Western or an Islamic Idea?16m
Contingency, Trajectories and Performance Standards16m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Economics: Bread, Dignity and Freedom

This section deals with 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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
4b. Labour Market: Insiders and Outsiders8m
4c. Law, Institutions and Economic Performance10m
4d. Trade, Productivity and Rent Seeking: Living on Borrowed Time14m
Reading1 reading
Readings for module 4m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Material Base of Discontent16m
Labor Market: Insiders and Outsiders16m
Law, Institutions and Economic Performance12m
Trade, Productivity and Rent Seeking: Living on Borrowed Time16m
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Top Reviews

By LKOct 13th 2018

An eye opening experience. I really hope this becomes a mandated course among anyone participating in any diplomatic initiatives in the Middle East and the Arabic world.

By BESep 4th 2017

That is the second class I am taking with Professor Afsah and would love to take more. The class is interesting, engaging and relevant. Highly recommended!

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Dr. Ebrahim Afsah

Associate Professor
Faculty of Law

About University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest University in Denmark - founded in 1479, and with over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees. The purpose of the University is to conduct research and provide education to the highest academic level. Based in Denmark's capital city it is one of the top research institutions in Europe. ...

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