Modern Arabic Fiction and Film: An Introduction.
The course is a survey of modern Arabic narrative fiction and film by well-known authors and filmmakers from countries in Middle East, including, but not limited to, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman, Libya, Morocco and spanning the late 19th through early 21st centuries. Students learn about the Arabic-speaking people through their cultural, social, economic, and political struggles in the modern period, and explore questions relating to how they define themselves in a highly globalized world. Taught in English. No knowledge of Arabic required. Rama Alhabian.
First Term Arabic.
Introduction in speaking, writing, reading and aural comprehension. Textbook readings and exercises with a strong emphasis on interactive verbal production. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Maximum enrollment, 16. Koukjian.
Second Term Arabic.
Continued study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Prerequisite, Arabic 115 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 16. Koukjian.
Third Term Arabic.
Intermediate level study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Short readings from authentic sources. Prerequisite, Arabic 115 and 116 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 20. Koukjian.
Fourth Term Arabic.
Advanced level study with emphasis on verbal proficiency, reading and listening comprehension. Highly interactive with supplemental Language Center projects and activities. Short readings from authentic sources. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, Arabic 115, 116 and 215 or placement. Maximum enrollment, 18. Koukjian.
Societies of the Middle East.
A survey of the cultural patterns and social institutions of the modern Middle East. Examines religious and ethnic diversity, civil society, family structure and gender politics, water and food security, and the impacts of globalization on the Middle East. No knowledge of Arabic required. Koukjian.
Advanced Language and Culture.
1/4-credit class that must be taken in conjunction with a course in English. Additional weekly session to analyze and discuss the material in the original language. May be repeated for credit. Department.
Advanced Arabic is a course designed for students who have completed four semesters of Arabic. The course will help students move from Intermediate Middle level to Advanced. Students will focus on acquiring more vocabulary and more knowledge of the fundamental grammatical and morphological structures of the language. They will also learn about the literary traditions of the Arab World through readings of abridged literary works. The instructor will select the literary work and prepare all the material used for the class. Prerequisite, Four semesters of Arabic or consent of Instructor. This course is sponsored by the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Mireille Koukjian.
Advanced Arabic II.
Advanced Arabic II is a course destined to students who have completed Arabic 315 or above. The course is conducted exclusively in Arabic twice a week, the third day is being used for grammar instruction and questions. The class meets MWF and will continue with the 8 theme-based units covering topics such as Arab minorities; education; religion; love and marriage; the Arab woman; economics; politics; military matters; and the environment. The course will help students attain an advanced level in interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive communications skills. Prerequisite, Arabic 315 or equivalent. Mireille Koukjian.