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. (Same as MEIWS-110.) Maximum enrollment, Standard Course (40). 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, Standard Course (40). 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, ARABC-115 or placement. Maximum enrollment, Standard Course (40). Koukjian.
Arabic for Heritage Speakers.
This course is designed for students who can speak and understand a dialect of Arabic, but have a rudimentary knowledge of written Arabic, also known as Modern Standard Arabic. The focus of the course is to develop reading and writing skills through excerpt readings from Arabic literature, and media. Classroom activities will be conducted entirely in Arabic, and students will use their own dialects only for speaking purposes. Prerequisite, Knowledge of the alphabet and vowel system, of basic vocabulary, and ability to read, write, speak, and listen at a novice level. Maximum enrollment, Standard Course (40). Mireille 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 ARABC 116 or placement. Maximum enrollment, Standard Course (40). 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, ARABC 115, ARABC 116, and ARABC 215 or placement. Maximum enrollment, Writing-Intensive (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. Maximum enrollment, Standard Course (40). Koukjian.
Petrfictions: Modernity and the Oil Encounter.
Petrofictions studies the impact of fossil-fuel energy on global modernity, deemed necessary for addressing global warming and associated environmental challenges. Analyzes how fossil fuel energy gave rise to modern societies; examines the import of the “oil encounter” in creative works, including responses by filmmakers, writers, and thinkers from various linguistic and cultural perspectives. We explore literary works by Munif, Kanafani, Gosh, Saadawi, Benyamin, Mitchell, Calvino, Saramago, King, Saro-Wiwa, and Habila, as well as the films There will be Blood and Mad Max: Fury Road. (Writing-intensive.) (Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies.) (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, At one least course in Literature (LIT) or permission of instructor. Taught in English (Same as LIT-268, MEIWS-268.) Maximum enrollment, Proseminar (16). Alhabian, R.
Islands: Poetics of the Insular in World Literature.
From idealized innocence to fear of the unknown, and through double meanings of isolation and connection, this course focuses on islands in world literatures. Through writings that span the medieval, early modern and modern periods, the course uncovers complex meanings associated with islands and insularities. Focusing on the interplay between geography and imagination in literature, it raises questions about knowledge and uncertainty, spirituality and encounter, identity and difference, and empire and the nation, as well as conflicts between land and water, selfhood and otherness. Works include (but are not limited to) Huxley's Island, Sinbad's Voyages, Gurnah's Gravel Heart, Ibn Tufayl's Hayy ibn Yaqzan. (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, Preference to students who had taken at least one WI course in the humanities--not a requirement though. Texts and media are taught in English (translations/subtitles for films). Students of advanced skills in Arabic read and talk about the original texts in an add-on section. (Same as LIT-281 MEIWS-281.) Maximum enrollment, Proseminar (16).
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. Maximum enrollment, Standard Course (40). 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. Maximum enrollment, Standard Course (40). 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. Maximum enrollment, Standard Course (40). Mireille Koukjian.