Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

ARA 360L • Palestine & Palestinians

41335 • Mohammad, Mohammad
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 422
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Palestine and the Palestinians: A Journey Though Time is a course devoted to understanding Palestinian history, politics and culture. In an attempt to understand and analyze the Palestinian experience, the course draws on materials taken from scholarship, memoirs, poetry, fiction, folk stories, music, photography and films (feature & documentary). Since the course is taught in Arabic, English materials will be used only when they are not available in Arabic. The course addresses the very important issue of the universality of the Palestinian experience.

Texts

Selection from The Torah, The Bible and The Qur'an.Excerpts from Arabic history books regarding Islamic conquests, the Crusades.UN resolutions on the question of PalestineSelections from Palestinian poetsThe Question of Palestine, by Edward W. Said. New York, Vintage Books; 1992. Before Their Diaspora, by Walid Khalidi; IPS, 2004. Men in the Sun and other Palestinian Stories, by Ghassan Kanafani; Rienner, 1999

Grading: 

Participation 30%; Reaction papers 30%; Presentation 20%; Paper 20%


ARA 360L • The Arab Spring

41334 • El-Ariss, Tarek
Meets WF 1:00PM-2:30PM PAR 214
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Course Description

The uprisings that have swept through the Arab world starting with Tunisia and Egypt in 2011 ushered in new political realities that continue to evolve to this day. Civil wars, military dictatorships, and democratic processes could all be attributed to these uprisings that have come to be known as “The Arab Spring.” Moreover, the Arab Spring has become the lens through which we now investigate cultural and political developments in the Arab world even prior to 2011, examining that which prefigured and conditioned these mass mobilizations that have captured the attention of the world and inspired global movements of protest. This interdisciplinary course focuses on the cultural transformations that both prefigured and coincided with these momentous events. It investigates a culture of revolution in the Arab world that could be traced to the early 2000s, embodied in literature and film, and addressing individual freedoms, political representation, and new aesthetics.

Texts

Available on Canvas.

Grading

Class Presentation (10%), 15 – 20 minutes.

Bi-Weekly Writing Assignments (30%), 350 words.

Bi-Weekly Vocabulary Lists (30%), 8-10 words.

Final Paper (30%), 2500 words. Due May 7.

Attendance and Participation in this class are mandatory. More than two unexcused absences will affect your final grade.

 


ARA 531L • Intensive Arabic Vi

41320 • Housen, Ghada
Meets MF 9:00AM-10:00AM BEN 1.106
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This course takes students from the study of language through culture to the study of culture through language as the focus gradually shifts from exercises and drills to discussion of reading and listening texts. The course aims to push students toward the cultural and linguistic competence of educated native speakers, and allows for students to incorporate their own areas of research into the class. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading Policy

To be provided by instructor.

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.


ARA 531L • Intensive Arabic Vi

41325 • Housen, Ghada
Meets MF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 302
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This course takes students from the study of language through culture to the study of culture through language as the focus gradually shifts from exercises and drills to discussion of reading and listening texts. The course aims to push students toward the cultural and linguistic competence of educated native speakers, and allows for students to incorporate their own areas of research into the class. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading Policy

To be provided by instructor.

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41265 • Al-Shalchi, Olla
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.202
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41275 • Mendoza, Michael
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.202
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41280 • Hamarneh, Rama
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.206
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41285 • Wehbe, Rawad
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM GAR 0.132
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41255 • Valenzuela Mocho, Estefania
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GAR 0.120
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41270 • Mendoza, Michael
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 1.202
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.


ARA 621L • Intensive Arabic IV

41295 • Al-Batal, Mahmoud
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.204
(also listed as ARA 381L)
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This course continues the work in ARA 601C, 611C and 621K in pushing students towards proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. It introduces students to various topics in Arab culture and thought in order to expand language skills, advance vocabulary acquisition, and build toward Intermediate High proficiency in all skills. Coursework thus focuses on helping students master and activate large amounts of vocabulary and utilize the root and pattern system as a comprehension and learning tool. We continue to develop reading and listening strategies that enable students to comprehend main ideas in authentic texts. Communicative skills continue to remain a priority, and include work in colloquial Arabic. Preparation for class and active, cooperative participation in small group activities remain essential components of the course. Students should expect to spend two to three hours daily on homework and class preparation. Requirements also include occasional presentations, exams, and weekly writing activities. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. 

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation 20% Homework Assignments 30% Quizzes, Skits/Oral Presentations 35% Final Examination 15%

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.


ARA 621L • Intensive Arabic IV

41300 • Brustad, Kristen
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.206
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This course continues the work in ARA 601C, 611C and 621K in pushing students towards proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. It introduces students to various topics in Arab culture and thought in order to expand language skills, advance vocabulary acquisition, and build toward Intermediate High proficiency in all skills. Coursework thus focuses on helping students master and activate large amounts of vocabulary and utilize the root and pattern system as a comprehension and learning tool. We continue to develop reading and listening strategies that enable students to comprehend main ideas in authentic texts. Communicative skills continue to remain a priority, and include work in colloquial Arabic. Preparation for class and active, cooperative participation in small group activities remain essential components of the course. Students should expect to spend two to three hours daily on homework and class preparation. Requirements also include occasional presentations, exams, and weekly writing activities. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. 

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation 20% Homework Assignments 30% Quizzes, Skits/Oral Presentations 35% Final Examination 15%

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.



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