Spring 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARBI 102-01 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
Continued introduction to MSA with more advanced development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a greater degree of interaction in the classroom. Prerequisite: 101.
0830:MTWRF   DENNY 104
ARBI 102-02 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Continued introduction to MSA with more advanced development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a greater degree of interaction in the classroom. Prerequisite: 101.
0830:MTWRF   DENNY 103
ARBI 212-02 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Continued development of conversation and composition skills using current political and social events, stories, essays, and other materials as the topics for discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: 211.
0930:MTWRF   DENNY 103
ARBI 360-01 Topics in Advanced Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
This course is for students who have completed Arabic 212 and at least one additional course in Media Arabic. Most students will have completed two courses following Arabic 212 in a study abroad program, and will be at the intermediate high/advanced low level as measured by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The course seeks to improve the overall Arabic skills of the student to understand authentic texts and broadcasts in Arabic, and to engage in a discussion of the content. More specifically, the course will teach Arabic through content focused on diplomacy and international affairs with a goal to advance the student's understanding of both the content and linguistic skills involved in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be assigned long passages to read, summarize and present the main ideas in class; listening activities with questions to answer and share; group presentations, debates and role-play; and individual projects. Students will develop the ability to narrate in major time frames, compare and contrast, and express an opinion. The class will be conducted primarily in Modern Standard Arabic -- use of English will be discouraged and used minimally.
1330:MR   DENNY 311
ARBI 500-01 Advanced Arabic for Topics in International Relations
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
 
Courses Offered in HEBR
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 104-01 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.
1030:MTWRF   EASTC 107
HEBR 231-01 Hebrew Conversation & Comp
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Advanced practice in conversation, reading and writing. Careful attention to grammar and style. Prerequisite: 116.
1130:MWF   EASTC 107
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 122-01 Middle East since 1750
Instructor: Gregory Aftandilian
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 122-01.
1330:MR   BOSLER 213
MEST 233-01 U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Arab World
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
This course introduces the students to the theory and practice of U.S. public diplomacy in the Arab world from a historical and a comparative perspective, looking at past challenges, successes and failures. The course examines the role of public diplomacy in the context of U.S. strategic interests in the region, U.S. efforts to promote democratic governance in the Arab world through the use of public diplomacy tools including traditional and new media, cultural exchanges, and educational programs. Students will debate whether public diplomacy should be integrated into the policy-making process, and how it could complement traditional diplomacy and advance political, military, and economic policies.This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.
1330:T   DENNY 103
MEST 234-01 Middle Eastern American Communities
Instructor: Erik Love
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. Cross-listed with SOCI 234-01.
1030:MWF   DENNY 203
MEST 250-01 Saints and Demons
Instructor: Shalom Staub
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 247-01 and RELG 247-01.
1330:TF   EASTC 405
MEST 261-01 Authoritarianism & Change in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 261-01.
1030:TR   DENNY 204
MEST 266-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and POSC 277-01.
1500:MR   DENNY 204
MEST 270-01 Middle Eastern Christianity: Its Rich Past, Its Uncertain Future
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 270-01.
1330:MR   EASTC 102
MEST 272-01 Islam and the West
Instructor: Erik Love
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Cross-listed with SOCI 272-01.
1230:MWF   DENNY 303
MEST 500-01 The Issue of Jerusalem in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
 
MEST 550-01 The Effects of 9/11 on U.S. Foreign Policy: Domestic Politics or International Strategic Interests?
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
 
MEST 550-02 Censorship in Film in Contemporary Iran
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
 
MEST 550-03 Jerusalem in Middle East Peace Negotiations
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
 
MEST 550-04 Language and Identity in Morocco
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
 
MEST 550-05 War and the Environment: The Iraqi Marsh Arabs
Instructor: Erik Love
Course Description: