Civil Society and Civic Engagement in the Arab World: Theories and Practices
Introduces students to realities of civil society and the mechanism of civic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa; explores assumptions on the role of civic engagement in promoting democracy; examines theoretical questions related to applying Western concepts of civic society in mostly majority Muslim countries. Students study modalities of society as well as Arab and Muslim writers conception of an ideal society and analyze civic engagement-oriented entities in the US in order to write and experiment with opportunities and challenges of furthering civic engagement in MENA. Students develop or evaluate a MENA related NGO. Service-learning requires 20 hours minimum outside of class. One course.