The Making of the Modern World: The Middle East (HS 107D)
This course surveys the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that have most profoundly affected the Middle East (the Arab world, Turkey, and Iran) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will examine the impact of imperialism on the region; the emergence of nationalist movements and the formation of modern nation states; the rise of Islamic political movements; the politics of oil; regional and international conflicts, including the enduring Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the two Persian Gulf wars; and the 2011 Arab uprisings. Class meetings will consist of lectures, discussion, and analysis of a variety of primary sources. The course is restricted to first-year students and satisfies Loyola University's diversity course requirement (Global Awareness). The knowledge of history and the critical reading and writing skills acquired in this class will be drawn upon in other courses in the core curriculum and support the Loyola Undergraduate Learning Aims of intellectual excellence, critical understanding, eloquentia perfecta, aesthetics, leadership, faith and mission, promotion of justice, diversity, and wellness. For a detailed description of these aims, see http://www.loyola.edu/undergraduate/academics/learning-aims.aspx.
Dr. Sara Scalenghe is an associate professor of History and the current chair of the History department. Her research and teaching interests include the Middle East and North Africa, gender history, and disability history.
Law and Social Justice (LW 102D)
Students will study contemporary, controversial issues that sit at the intersection of law and social justice. These issues include mass incarceration, voting rights, the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, race in the NFL, immigration reform, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and same-sex parenting in the United States. Students will engage in lively, interactive, challenging debates and exercises. The course provides opportunities for students to explore a wide range of majors, including communication, business, political science, psychology, and writing. The course inspires students to think critically, understand responsible citizenship, and take action against injustice. This course meets the University's Diversity Course Requirement for justice awareness.
Professor Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, J.D., teaches law and social responsibility courses in the Sellinger School of Business. Giampetro-Meyer is an experienced first year teacher with a passion for using law as a tool to promote social justice. The University has recognized her as the Harry W. Rodgers, III Distinguished Teacher of the Year. She has also received the University's Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
Victoria Gue joined the Loyola community in 2013 and is the Director of the Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC). In that role, she advises undergraduate students regarding Loyola's degree requirements, policies, and procedures. She also works closely with the transfer student population, assisting with their transition into Loyola. Prior to Loyola, Victoria worked as an Enrollment Manager at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Contemporary Communication from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
HS 107D satisfies the core history requirement for all students. Additionally, HS107D and LW 102D satisfy the diversity requirement for all students. Students who have an interest in pre-law and/or Global Studies may find this course pairing interesting.