Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARBI 101-01 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the standard means of communication in the Arab world.
0830:MTWRF   DENNY 103
ARBI 101-02 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the standard means of communication in the Arab world.
0930:MTWRF   DENNY 103
ARBI 211-01 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.
0930:MTWRF   DENNY 204
ARBI 211-02 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.
1030:MTWRF   DENNY 303
ARBI 360-01 Media Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
This course will focus on the development of Arabic skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Modern Standard Arabic. The course objective is to acquire greater proficiency and overall communication skills in accordance with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students will broaden their vocabulary, enhance their grammatical knowledge and enrich their cultural understanding through current news stories in the Arab media. The class will include both written reports and oral presentations in Arabic.
1330:MR   DENNY 103
Courses Offered in HEBR
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 103-01 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Daniela Tomer, Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.
0930:MTWRF   EASTC 212
HEBR 116-01 Intermediate Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Formal study of Hebrew language with emphasis on oral practice and writing skills. Prerequisite: 104 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
1030:MTWRF   EASTC 107
HEBR 232-01 Topics in Hebrew Literature
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Thematic study of Hebrew literature, with an emphasis on close reading, comprehension and interpretation. Prerequisite: 116.
0900:TR   EASTC 107
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 121-01 Middle East to 1750
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 121-01. The rise of Islam, the development of Islamic civilization in medieval times and its decline relative to Europe in the early modern era, 1500-1750.This course is cross-listed as HIST 121. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   DENNY 211
MEST 200-02 Israeli Cinema
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01, JDST 216-01 and FLST 210-03.Additional time slot: Thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.
1330:W   BOSLER 208
MEST 200-03 Christian-Muslim Relations
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 312-01.In this course we shall examine Christian-Muslim relations both historically and thematically. That is, we will investigate specific episodes of encounter between Christianity and Islam from the rise of Islam in the seventh-century, through their intense interaction in the medieval period (especially in al-Andalus), to the modern era. We shall examine the theological dialogue and polemic between the two religions pertaining to their respective understandings of theology propert, revalation, Christology, sin, salvation, and religious community. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of primary texts in translation.
0900:TR   EASTC 406
MEST 266-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and POSC 277-01. This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics.This course is cross-listed as POSC 277 and INST 277. This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.
1330:TF   DENNY 203