Courses

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Fall 2019

  • AN N EA 10W - Jerusalem: Holy City

    Instructor(s): 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 15W - Women and Power in Ancient World

    Instructor(s): Kathlyn Cooney

    (Formerly numbered 15.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: English Composition 3. Examination of how feminine power confronts masculine dominance within complex social systems in ancient world. To gain political power, some female rulers used their sexuality to gain access to important men. Other women gained their position as regents and helpers of masculine kings who were too young to rule. Others denied their femininity in dress and manner, effectively androgynizing themselves or pretending to be men so that their femininity would not be obstacle to political rule. Many women only gained throne at end of dynasties after male line had run out entirely, or in midst of civil war when patrilineal successions were in disarray. Women were sometimes only effective leaders left in drawn-out battles against imperial aggression. No women were able to gain reigns of power through their bloodlines alone. Women's power was compromised from outset. Examination of root causes an

  • AN N EA M50A - First Civilizations

    Instructor(s): Aaron 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.

  • AN N EA M60 - Achaemenid Civilization and Empire of Alexander

    Instructor(s): M Shayegan

    (Same as History M60 and Iranian M60.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of period from circa 600 to 300 BCE, rise and fall of Achaemenid Persia, first world empire of antiquity, which was ended by Alexander the Great, whose campaigns were as transformative as they were violent. Alexander connected ancient Mediterranean and Near East as never before, ushering in new era and forever changing cultural landscape of ancient world. Focus on themes of ancient kingship and political ideology; comparative study of empires; administration and institutions; and religious and ethnic diversity in large, heterogeneous states. Students gain broad knowledge of Achaemenid and Macedonian empires, facility with ancient primary sources, and development of analytical skills central to discipline of history. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA C177 - Variable Topics in Ancient Near East

    Instructor(s): Jonathan Winnerman

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Variable topics; consult Schedule of Classes for topics to be offered in specific term. Concurrently scheduled with course C277. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC 1A - Elementary Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): 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 102A - Intermediate Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer Hamza

    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(s): Abeer Hamza

    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 140 - Readings in Modern Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer Hamza

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 103A, or consent of instructor. Development of reading, speaking, and writing abilities in modern standard Arabic, as well as cultural knowledge, through film screenings, discussions, written compositions, verbal presentations, and reading authentic literary texts from across Arabic-speaking world. Prepares students for more advanced literary Arabic courses. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC M171 - Culture Area of Maghrib (North Africa)

    Instructor(s): Aomar Boum

    (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(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    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(s): 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(s): No assigned instructor
  • ARMENIA 105A - Intermediate Modern Eastern Armenian

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor
  • 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 171 - Variable Topics in Armenian Studies

    Instructor(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    Lecture, three hours. Examination of major issues in Armenian studies. May be repeated for maximum of 16 units with topic and/or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW 1A - Elementary Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Nancy Ezer

    Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced preparation: Hebrew placement test. Course 1A is enforced requisite to 1B, which is enforced requisite to 1C. Not open to native speakers. Introduction to modern Hebrew, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW 102A - Intermediate Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Nancy Ezer

    Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 1C or Hebrew placement test. Course 102A is enforced requisite to 102B, which is enforced requisite to 102C. Not open to native speakers. Amplification of grammar; reading of texts from modern literature. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW 110A - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew: Phonology, Morphology, and Structure of Biblical Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    Lecture, three hours. Phonology, morphology, and structure of biblical Hebrew. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW C140 - Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose

    Instructor(s): Lev Hakak

    Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 103A, 103B, and 103C, or equivalent knowledge of Hebrew. Study of major Hebrew writers of past 100 years. May be repeated for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C240. Letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 1A - Elementary Persian

    Instructor(s): Banafsheh PourzangiM Shayegan

    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(s): 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 M60 - Achaemenid Civilization and Empire of Alexander

    Instructor(s): M Shayegan

    (Same as Ancient Near East M60 and History M60.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of period from circa 600 to 300 BCE, rise and fall of Achaemenid Persia, first world empire of antiquity, which was ended by Alexander the Great, whose campaigns were as transformative as they were violent. Alexander connected ancient Mediterranean and Near East as never before, ushering in new era and forever changing cultural landscape of ancient world. Focus on themes of ancient kingship and political ideology; comparative study of empires; administration and institutions; and religious and ethnic diversity in large, heterogeneous states. Students gain broad knowledge of Achaemenid and Macedonian empires, facility with ancient primary sources, and development of analytical skills central to discipline of history. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 102A - Intermediate Persian

    Instructor(s): 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(s): 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 M115A - Elementary Azeri

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor
  • IRANIAN M105A - Bahá'í Faith in Iran: Historical and Sociological Survey

    Instructor(s): Nader Saiedi

    (Same as Religion M105A.) Lecture, three hours. Readings in English. Rise and development of Bábí and Bahá'í religions in context of 19th century Iran. Focus on personalities of Báb, Bahá'u'lláh, and 'Abdu'l-Bahá. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M67 - Popular Jewish and Israeli Music

    Instructor(s): Lorry BlackUri Dorchin

    (Same as Musicology M67.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Music of Jews is diverse. With history of several thousand years and series of developments in modernity, music in Jewish life covers variety of styles found in many contexts. Exploration of music of Jews within last 100 years, with focus on popular music of Jews in America and Israel. Examination of music in Israel, with focus on songs of land of Israel, Israeli rock, and Muzika Mizrachit (Middle Eastern popular music). P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M162 - Israel Seen through Its Literature

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor
  • JEWISH 175 - Modern Israeli Literature Made into Films

    Instructor(s): 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 M182A - Ancient Jewish History

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    (Same as History M182A and Religion M182A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Survey of social, political, and religious developments. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M182C - Modern Jewish History

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor
  • JEWISH M10 - Introduction to Judaism

    Instructor(s): Catherine Bonesho

    (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.

  • M E STD M50A - First Civilizations

    Instructor(s): Aaron Burke

    (Same as Ancient Near East 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.

  • M E STD M50CW - Making and Studying Modern Middle East

    Instructor(s): Luke Yarbrough

    (Formerly numbered 50C.) (Same as Anthropology M67W.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: English Composition 3. Survey of modern Middle Eastern cultures through readings and films from Middle East and North Africa. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • M E STD 177 - Variable Topics in Middle Eastern Studies

    Instructor(s): Beyza Lorenz

    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.

  • M E STD M178 - Variable Topics

    Instructor(s): Carol Bakhos

    (Same as Religion M178.) Seminar, three hours. Interdisciplinary approach to some major topics in study of religion and Middle Eastern studies. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • TURKIC 101A - Elementary Turkish

    Instructor(s): 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(s): 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 M115A - Elementary Azeri

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor