Courses

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Fall 2017

AN N EA 10W – Jerusalem, the Holy City

Instructor: Jeremy Smoak

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 12W. Survey of religious, political, and cultural history of Jerusalem over three millennia as symbolic focus of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Transformation of sacred space as reflected by literary and archaeological evidence through examination of testimony of artifacts, architecture, and iconography in relation to written word. Study of creation of mythic Jerusalem through event and experience. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

AN N EA 19 – Ancient Warfare and Modern Concerns

Instructor: Aaron A. Burke

Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

Modern democracies rely almost entirely on professional armies to meet security needs. While such reliance frees average citizen of mandatory conscription concerns, it does not free them of need to critically consider military operations and conflicts, costs, strategic aims, and consequences. Study of warfare in ancient world as avenue for consideration of issues relevant to citizens of modern states. By studying ancient conflicts, students are more able to approach study of early conflicts with greater detachment, and to consider issues involved from intellectual–rather than emotional or ideological–standpoints. Through short readings, students engage causes, effects, and development of warfare in ancient Near East; and evaluate extent to which factors and principles involved have changed, and how past examples of nature and circumstances of war can inform opinions and decisions about warfare today.

AN N EA 220 – Seminar: Ancient Egypt

Instructor: Julia Troche

Seminar, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

AN N EA 230 – Seminar: Ancient Syria/Palestine

Instructor: Aaron A. Burke

Seminar, three hours. Examination of selected topics on political, social, and intellectual history of ancient Israel. Exploration of how historical, social, and political contexts shaped and influenced interpretation and use of biblical texts. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

AN N EA 262 – Seminar: Object Archaeology

Instructor: Elizabeth Carter

Seminar, two hours; laboratory, one hour. Selected topics in analysis and interpretation of Near Eastern archaeological finds in museum collections. Students work with objects in Heeramanek Collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. S/U or letter grading.

AN N EA CM101A – Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period to New Kingdom

Instructor: Bethany Simpson

(Same as Art History M110A.) Lecture, three hours. Study of architecture, sculpture, painting, and minor arts during Predynastic period and Old Kingdom. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Concurrently scheduled with course C267A. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M103A – History of Ancient Egypt

Instructor: Bethany Simpson

(Same as History M103A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Course M103A is not requisite to M103B. Designed for juniors/seniors. Political and cultural institutions of ancient Egypt and ideas on which they were based. Chronological discussion of Prehistory, Old and Middle Kingdom. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M104B – Sumerians

Instructor: Elizabeth Carter

(Same as History M104B.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Overview of Sumer and related cultures of Greater Mesopotamia in 4th and 3rd millennia B.C.E., with focus on rich cultural history of region and integration of archaeological, art historical, and written records. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M110A – Iranian Civilization: History of Achaemenid Empire

Instructor: Jacco Dieleman

(Same as History M110A and Iranian M110A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). From end of Elam and rise of Medes to Macedonian conquest of Achaemenid Persia. Emphasis on political history, state structure, empire’s religions, and Greco-Persian interactions. Further accents on Cyrus’ empire and Darius’ world order, age of Persian Wars, Cyrus the Younger, Achaemenid Egypt, Alexander’s conquest. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M167 – Magic in Ancient World

Instructor: Aaron A. Burke

(Same as Classics M167.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: Classics 10 or 20. Exploration of art of influencing natural course of events by occult means as practiced in ancient world at large. Coverage of beliefs in supernatural forces, rites aimed at controlling these forces effectively, and character and social roles of ritual experts in various cultures of ancient world. Source material includes types of magical spells, literary texts about magic and magicians, and artifacts such as amulets and ritual implements. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M50A – First Civilizations

Instructor: Aaron A. Burke

(Same as Middle Eastern Studies M50A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of great civilizations of ancient Near East — Egypt, Israel, and Mesopotamia — with attention to emergence of writing, monotheism, and urban societies. Letter grading.

ARABIC 102A – Intermediate Standard Arabic

Instructor: Abeer Hamza (Mohamed)

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 1C or 8. Course 102A is requisite to 102B, which is requisite to 102C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Intermediate formal Arabic, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

ARABIC 103A – Advanced Arabic

Instructor: Abeer Hamza (Mohamed)

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisites: courses 102A, 102B, 102C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Advanced formal Arabic, including grammar, composition, and readings from classical and modern texts. P/NP or letter grading.

ARABIC 1A – Elementary Standard Arabic

Instructor: Azza Ahmad

Lecture, six hours. Course 1A is enforced requisite to 1B, which is enforced requisite to 1C. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Arabic. Introduction to formal Arabic (modern standard Arabic), including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

ARABIC 250 – Seminar: Premodern Arabic Literature

Instructor: Michael Cooperson

Seminar, three hours. Readings in Arabic texts from variety of periods and genres, along with appropriate secondary literature. Topics include pre-Islamic poetry and oratory, Qur’an, Umayyad and Abbasid poetry and literary prose, Hadith and Fiqh, historiography, biography, geography, medicine, mathematics, theology, asceticism, and mysticism. May be repeated for maximum of 24 units. S/U or letter grading.

ARABIC 496 – Arabic Language Pedagogy Course

Instructor: Azza Ahmad

Seminar, three hours. Taught in English and Arabic. Discussion of multiple topics pertaining to Arabic language teaching and learning. Content designed to address Arabic language pedagogy, with emphasis on practical issues and applications of different language teaching methodologies. Activities include lectures, classroom observations, and teaching demonstrations. Participants collaborate on projects that investigate issues related to teaching different language skills, such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. S/U grading.

ARABIC M171 – Culture Area of Maghrib (North Africa)

Instructor: BOUM, AOMAR

(Same as Anthropology M166Q and History M108C.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Introduction to North Africa, especially Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, also known as Maghrib or Tamazgha. Topics include changing notions of personal, tribal, ethnic, linguistic and religious identities; colonialism; gender and legal rights, changing representations of Islam, and religions in region’s public spaces. P/NP or letter grading.

ARMENIA 101A – Elementary Modern Western Armenian

Instructor: Hagop Kouloujian

(Formerly numbered 1A.) Lecture, five hours. Course 101A is recommended requisite to 101B, which is recommended requisite to 101C. Students with knowledge of Armenian should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Armenian grammar, conversation, and exercises. P/NP or letter grading.

ARMENIA 102A – Intermediate Modern Western Armenian

Instructor: Hagop Kouloujian

Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 1C. Students with knowledge of Eastern or Western Armenian (from elementary or high school) should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Reading of selected texts, composition, and conversation. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

ARMENIA 104A – Elementary Modern Eastern Armenian

Instructor: Anahid Keshishian

(Formerly numbered 4A.) Lecture, five hours. Course 104A is recommended requisite to 104B, which is recommended requisite to 104C. Students with knowledge of Western Armenian should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Eastern Armenian, official idiom of Republic of Armenia. Introduction to basics of grammar and conversation. P/NP or letter grading.

ARMENIA 105A – Intermediate Modern Eastern Armenian

Instructor: Anahid Keshishian

Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 4C. Students with knowledge of Eastern or Western Armenian (from elementary or high school) should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Continuing introduction to Armenian grammar, with greater attention to readings from short stories and simple newspaper articles and film viewing on video. Emphasis on improving students’ self expression in idiom, both orally and in written form. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

ARMENIA 106A – Armenian Society and Culture

Instructor: Anahid Keshishian

Lecture, four hours. Recommended requisite: course 105C. Students with knowledge of Eastern or Western Armenian (from elementary or high school) should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Designed for students with advanced speaking fluency and reading abilities in Armenian. Discussion of contemporary Armenian social and cultural issues through readings from critical essays, editorials, short stories, and poems written since World War II and film showings. Emphasis on enhancing students’ self expression orally and in written form. Each course may be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

ARMENIA 170 – Armenian Poetry, 1880 to 1930

Instructor: S. Peter Cowe

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 1C or 4C. Examination of process behind creation of range and variety of poetic expression that developed in new literary formats and genres of what became standard modern Eastern and Western Armenian language in second half of 19th century. Special attention to crafting of central practitioners’ individual voice, with particular consideration to poetics and aesthetics, continuity and innovation under impact of modernism, and employment of poetic structure as medium for expression of deeper philosophical values. All texts read in original language. P/NP or letter grading.

ARMENIA 230A – Elementary Classical Armenian

Instructor: S. Peter Cowe

Lecture, three hours. Course 230A is requisite to 230B, which is requisite to 230C. Introduction to grammar of classical literary language (5th to mid-19th century) and guided readings in narrative prose texts. Letter grading.

IRANIAN 102A – Intermediate Persian

Instructor: Latifeh Hagigi

Lecture, six hours. Requisite: course 1C or 20C. Course 102A is requisite to 102B, which is requisite to 102C. P/NP or letter grading.

IRANIAN 103A – Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Poetry

Instructor: Domenico Ingenito

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 102C. Students who do exceptionally well in course 20C may be permitted to enroll with consent of instructor. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

IRANIAN 141 – Persian Analytical Prose

Instructor: Domenico Ingenito

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 102C. Study of selected analytical and expository prose texts, with emphasis on philosophy, sciences, literary criticism, and history. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. P/NP or letter grading.

IRANIAN 161A – Elementary Middle Iranian

Instructor: M. Rahim Shayegan

Lecture, three hours. Preparation: knowledge of Persian desirable. Course 161A is requisite to 161B, which is requisite to 161C. Studies in grammars and texts of Middle Iranian languages (e.g., Middle Persian, Parthian, Sogdian, Khotanese, Bactrian). May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. P/NP or letter grading.

IRANIAN 1A – Elementary Persian

Instructor: Banafsheh Pourzangiabadi

Lecture, six hours. Course 1A is enforced requisite to 1B, which is enforced requisite to 1C. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Persian. P/NP or letter grading.

IRANIAN 20A – Accelerated Elementary Persian

Instructor: Latifeh Hagigi

Lecture, four hours; discussion two hours; laboratory, 30 minutes per day. Preparation: some knowledge of spoken Persian. Course 20A is enforced requisite to 20B, which is enforced requisite to 20C. Intensive and thorough study of fundamental structure of Persian grammar; reading from a wide range of classical and modern poetry and prose compositions. P/NP or letter grading.

IRANIAN M105A – Baha’i Faith in Iran: Historical and Sociological Survey

Instructor: Nader Saiedi

(Same as Religion M105A.) Lecture, three hours. Readings in English. Rise and development of Babi and Baha’i religions in context of 19th century Iran. Focus on personalities of Bab, Baha’u’llah, and ‘Abdu’l-baha. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

IRANIAN M110A – Iranian Civilization: History of Achaemenid Empire

Instructor: M. Rahim Shayegan

(Same as Ancient Near East M110A and History M110A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). From end of Elam and rise of Medes to Macedonian conquest of Achaemenid Persia. Emphasis on political history, state structure, empire’s religions, and Greco-Persian interactions. Further accents on Cyrus’ empire and Darius’ world order, age of Persian Wars, Cyrus the Younger, Achaemenid Egypt, Alexander’s conquest. P/NP or letter grading.

ISLM ST M110 – Introduction to Islam

Instructor: Michael Cooperson

(Formerly numbered Islamics M110.) (Same as Religion M109.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Genesis of Islam, its doctrines, and practices, with readings from Qur’an and Hadith; schools of law and theology; piety and Sufism; reform and modernism. P/NP or letter grading.

JEWISH 175 – Modern Israeli Literature Made into Films

Instructor: Lev Hakak

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Reading, analysis, and discussion of modern Israeli literature that was made into films, including literary works of prominent Israeli authors (S. Yizhar, A.B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz, and Yitzhak Ben Ner) that were translated to English and had filmic adaptations. Letter grading.

JEWISH 177 – Variable Topics in Jewish Studies: Symbolic Places and Spaces in Modern Israel

Instructor: Stein Kokin, D.

Lecture, three hours. Variable topics; consult “Schedule of Classes” for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

JEWISH M10 – Social, Cultural, and Religious Institutions of Judaism

Instructor: Stein Kokin, D.

(Same as Religion M10.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Judaism’s basic beliefs, institutions, and practices. Topics include development of biblical and rabbinic Judaism; concepts of god, sin, repentance, prayer, and the messiah; history of Talmud and synagogue; evolution of folk beliefs and year-cycle and life-cycle practices. P/NP or letter grading.

JEWISH M181SL – Jewish Thought, Politics, and Ethics: From Theory to Practice

Instructor: Lustig, J.B.

JEWISH M184C – American Jewish Experience

Instructor: The Staff

(Same as History M184C.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Experience of Jews in America, both historical and contemporary. P/NP or letter grading.

M E STD 290 – Seminar: Paleography

Instructor: Jacco Dieleman

(Formerly numbered Near Eastern Languages 290.) Seminar, three hours. Provides students with ability to cope with varieties of manuscripts. S/U or letter grading.

NR EAST 495 – Preparation for Teaching Language and Literature in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Instructor: The Staff

Seminar, two hours. Problems and methods of presenting literary texts as exemplary materials in teaching of language and literature in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Theory and classroom practice, with individual counseling and faculty evaluation of teaching assistant performances. May not be applied toward M.A. degree requirements. S/U grading.

NR EAST CM114 – Teaching and Learning of Heritage Languages

Instructor: Kagan, O.

(Same as Asian CM124 and Slavic CM114.) Lecture, three hours. Consideration of issues relevant to heritage language learners (HLL) and to heritage language (HL) instruction. Readings and discussion on such topics as definitions of HLs and HLLs; linguistic, demographic, sociolinguistic, and sociocultural profile of HLLs, particularly HL groups most represented among UCLA students; institutional and instructor attitudes toward HLLs; impact of student motivation and expectations on HL curriculum and teaching approaches; similarities and differences between HLLs and foreign language learners (FLLs) regarding teaching methods and materials; diagnostic testing and needs analysis; use of oral/aural proficiency as springboard for literacy instruction; optimization of instruction of mixed HL and FL classes. Action research component included. Concurrently scheduled with course CM214. P/NP or letter grading.

NR EAST CM214 – Teaching and Learning of Heritage Languages

Instructor: Kagan, O.

(Same as Asian CM224 and Slavic CM214.) Lecture, three hours. Consideration of issues relevant to heritage language learners (HLL) and to heritage language (HL) instruction. Readings and discussion on such topics as definitions of HLs and HLLs; linguistic, demographic, sociolinguistic, and sociocultural profile of HLLs, particularly HL groups most represented among UCLA students; institutional and instructor attitudes toward HLLs; impact of student motivation and expectations on HL curriculum and teaching approaches; similarities and differences between HLLs and foreign language learners (FLLs) regarding teaching methods and materials; diagnostic testing and needs analysis; use of oral/aural proficiency as springboard for literacy instruction; optimization of instruction of mixed HL and FL classes. Action research component included. Concurrently scheduled with course CM114. S/U or letter grading.

SEMITIC 141 – Advanced Akkadian

Instructor: Robert Englund

Lecture, three hours. Advanced Akkadian syntax and grammar; reading of Akkadian historical and literary texts. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

SEMITIC 210 – Ancient Aramaic Dialects

Instructor: Yona Sabar

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 130. Reading of surviving inscriptions and papyri. Texts include Old Aramaic inscriptions, Egyptian Aramaic texts, Qumran Aramaic, and Targumic Aramaic. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

TURKIC 101A – Elementary Turkish

Instructor: Beyza Lorenz

Lecture, five hours. Course 101A is requisite to 101B, which is requisite to 101C. Grammar, reading, conversation, and elementary composition drills. P/NP or letter grading.

TURKIC 102A – Advanced Turkish

Instructor: Beyza Lorenz

Lecture, five hours. Requisites: courses 101A, 101B, 101C. Continuing study of grammar, conversation, and composition. Readings in modern literature and social science texts. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

TURKIC 160 – Turkish Tradition

Instructor: Beyza Lorenz

Lecture/discussion. Preparation: entrance examination. Survey of cultural history of the Turks, as seen primarily through their literature, from their early history to the present.