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Teaching

Prof. Shushan regularly teaches these classes at W&M.  Click on links for recent syllabi.

Middle East Political Systems: This is a course on domestic politics within Middle East states (Arab countries plus Turkey, Iran, and Israel), beginning with historical context of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and its replacement with European mandates.  We study country examples, while considering broad themes regarding mechanisms of authoritarian regime maintenance, religion and governance, political economy, impact of new media, women's evolving roles, and US democracy promotion and involvement in Iraq.  Taught in two 35-student sections.

Arab Foreign Policy in the Gulf Wars:
This is a senior seminar for up to 15 advanced undergraduate students.  We spend the first several course meetings learning the intricacies of foreign policy analysis, then move on to the historical background of the 1990-91 and 2003+ wars between US-led coalitions and Iraq, and then analyze the foreign policies of a number of Arab actors in the Gulf wars. Students write a short theory paper comparing two paradigms of foreign policy analysis, and submit a longer research paper comparing two instances of Arab foreign policy (of their own choice) at the end of the semester.  Prof. Shushan has taught this course in two formats: meeting once a week for three hours at a time AND two one-and-a-half hour meetings per week.

Introduction to Comparative Politics: In this core Government class, students learn about the main ways in which domestic politics differs across countries, while considering the reasons why states have divergent types of governance and enact different policies.  We look at the range of possible regime types while examining 10 case study countries from all over the globe, while considering economic, cultural, and institutional explanations for the substantial variation that exists in domestic politics.  The course accommodates 70 students, and convenes for lectures twice a week.  In addition, Prof. Shushan leads four discussion sections, with 17-18 students in each; discussion section meets once a week.