Courses

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Fall 2018

Ancient Near East 10W – Jerusalem: 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.

Ancient Near East 150B – Survey of Ancient Near Eastern Literatures in English: Egypt

Instructor: Winnerman, J.P.

Lecture, three hours. Preparation: familiarity with Egyptian history. Enforced requisites: courses M103A, M103B. Survey of 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian literature. Reading of Egyptian texts in translation to study Egypt’s intellectual history and trace transformations in its construction of cultural identity. Topics include invention of writing, autobiography, wisdom texts, narratives, royal inscriptions, and hymns. Discussion of text analysis such as narratology. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

Ancient Near East CM101A – Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period to New Kingdom

Instructor: Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney

(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.

Ancient Near East M103A – History of Ancient Egypt

Instructor: Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney

(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.

Ancient Near East M110 – Thousand and One Nights/Alf Layla Wa-Layla

Instructor: Susan Slyomovics

(Same as Comparative Literature M110.) Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Arabic not required. Since its appearance in Europe in 1704, “Thousand and One Nights” is most well-known work of Arabic literature in West. Examination of cycle of tales more commonly known as “Arabian Nights,” including history of its translation, contemporary oral performances of tales in Arabic-speaking world, literary emergence of vernacular language in relation to classical Arabic, and Western appropriations of tales in music, film, and novels (Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Barth, Poe, and Walt Disney). P/NP or letter grading.

Ancient Near East M110A – Iranian Civilization: History of Achaemenid Empire

Instructor: M. Rahim Shayegan

(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.

Ancient Near East 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 115 – Studies in Arabic Dialectology

Instructor: Abeer Hamza (Mohamed)

Lecture, three hours. Introduction to one spoken dialect of Arabic, with emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension. Dialects vary from year to year based on student interest and instructor availability and may include Iraqi, Levantine, North African, or Gulf Arabic. May be repeated for credit. 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 599 – Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Preparation

Instructor: Various Instructors

Tutorial, to be arranged. S/U grading.

Arabic M171 – Culture Area of Maghrib (North Africa)

Instructor: 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.

Armenian 101A – Elementary Modern Western Armenian

Instructor: 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.

Armenian 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.

Armenian 104A – Elementary Modern Eastern Armenian

Instructor: Anahid Keshishian

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.

Armenian 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.

Armenian 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.

Hebrew 102A – Intermediate Hebrew

Instructor: 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 188FL – Special Studies: Readings in Hebrew

Instructor: Jeremy Smoak

Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 102C. Students must be concurrently enrolled in an affiliated main course. Primary readings and advanced training in Hebrew. Additional work in Hebrew to enrich and augment work assigned in main course, including reading, writing, and other exercises in Hebrew. P/NP or letter grading.

Hebrew 1A – Elementary Hebrew

Instructor: 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.

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 150A – Survey of Persian Literature in English

Instructor: Domenico Ingenito

Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Persian not required. May be taken independently for credit.

Iranian 187 – Variable Topics in Iranian Studies

Instructor: M. Rahim Shayegan

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.

Iranian 1A – Elementary Persian

Instructor: Banafsheh Pourzangi

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 231A – Advanced Middle Iranian

Instructor: M. Rahim Shayegan

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 161C. Course 231A is requisite to 231B, which is requisite to 231C. Further 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. S/U 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.

Islamic Studies M110 – Introduction to Islam

Instructor: Asma Sayeed

(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.

Middle Eastern Studies M50A – First Civilizations

Instructor: Aaron A. 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.

Near Eastern Languages CM114 – Teaching and Learning of Heritage Languages

Instructor: Karapetian, S.

(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.

Semitic 130 – Biblical Aramaic

Instructor: Yona Sabar

Lecture, three hours. Requisites: Hebrew 102A, 102B, 102C. Grammar of biblical Aramaic and reading of texts.

Semitic 141 – Advanced Akkadian

Instructor: Barbara Cifola

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.

Turkic Languages 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 Languages 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.