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Online course to tackle Middle East geopolitics

14 de maio de 2016

Lebanon’s Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik is offering the third edition of the course, which deals with topics like the Arab Spring and civil war in Syria. Lessons are taught in English and the enrolment deadline is June 2nd.

São Paulo – Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (Usek), in Lebanon, is organizing the third edition of online course ‘Lebanon and Middle East Geopolitics.’ Classes are taught in English and start on June 6th. Enrolments are open until June 2nd.

According to Roberto Khatlab, the director of Usek’s Latin American Studies and Cultures Center (Cecal), one of the university’s departments organizing the course, one of the most interesting subjects covered is the Arab Spring. “It is the basis for understanding how the situation unfolds in countries like Syria,” he points out.

The political role of important Gulf countries will also be discussed. “The course also explains the involvement of Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia in wars like Syria’s and Yemen’s,” he says.

The course will last eight weeks, with lessons taught by Usek professors and by specialists invited by the Lebanese institution from universities in Spain and Saudi Arabia. “Students will be given the material and bibliography, and the professors will provide copies of texts for study. Students can also schedule a day and hour for an online doubt-clearing session,” Khatlab explains.

Cecal’s director says the profiles of students who took the course in the past include professors, diplomats, and students and professionals in International Relations, Political Science and Journalism. “We have had diplomats who are working or have worked in the region, and who are interested in gaining a better grasp of the Middle East,” he claims.

The first class had 112 pupils and the second one had 150. According to Khatlab, both classes had a high rate of students from Latin American countries like Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

The Usek professor says interest from students from the region is so strong that there are calls for editions of the course taught in Spanish and even Portuguese. According to Khatlab, the university is looking into creating a team of professors who speak those languages so the demand can be met.

Fact sheet
Online course ‘Lebanon and Middle East Geopolitics’
Classes will be taught in English starting on June 6th. Enrolment is open until June 2nd.
For additional information go to http://www.usek.edu.lb/Library/Assets/20160503Geopolitics-031756.pdf
Send your questions to robertokhatlab@usek.edu.lb
Price: USD 700
Students can apply for a discount. Requests will be considered on the basis of students’ and their universities’ profiles.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum