Courses

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Spring 2024

  • AN N EA 10W - Jerusalem: Holy City

    Instructor(s): Charles RhodesAlexander YoungstromEthan FriedlandJames ScherrerCharles HowleyTyler JarvisBryan ElliffWilliam SchniedewindAshkaan KashaniMahsa PashaeiMuhammad Souman ElahMarilyn LoveAtiyeh TaghieiJulie Ershadi

    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 M70 - Demons, Fear, and Uncanny in Ancient World

    Instructor(s): Sarah HarringtonCrystal MelaraNora BairamianAndrew BockGina Konstantopoulos

    (Same as Religion M70.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Consideration of place of demons and fear in several different societies and cultures in ancient world: Mesopotamia; ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome; and Biblical and early Jewish contexts. Investigation into why demons and monsters existed in these cultures; how they were opposed or protected again; and what these different societies feared, and how that fear was represented. As demons and monsters are reflections of particular culturally specific fears and norms, studying them allows for examination of societies that constructed them. Examination of how fear of threats such as disease, illness, and death were constructed alongside fears of foreign and of women. Critical examination of wide range of primary source texts, addressing core question of how different societies construct unique fears--and how those fears shape those societies in turn. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA M135 - Religion in Ancient Israel

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    (Same as Religion M135.) Lecture, three hours. Introductory survey of various ancient Israelite religious beliefs and practices, their origin, and development, with special attention to diversity of religious practice in ancient Israel and Canaan during 1st millennium BCE. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA 162 - Archaeology, Identity, and Bible

    Instructor(s): Emilie NordhuesAaron BurkeMichael Stewart-bernard

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction of archaeological record of southern Levant (ancient Israel) from Bronze Age through Achaemenid Period (circa 2500-332 BC) in combination with current understandings of genre, authorship, and historical value of Hebrew Bible. Ancient Israelite identities are traced through combination of archaeological and textual sources. Social, religious, and political traditions of ancient Israel and Judah are interpreted in context of both earlier Bronze Age traditions and Israel's Iron Age neighbors. Archaeological and textual data for identities, such as Amorites, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians, and Babylonians, form basis for evaluating construction and maintenance of various biblical identities. Introduction to theoretical and methodological issues involving historical archaeology of ancient Israel and Levant, and possibilities for investigating negotiation of identity in archaeological record. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA 120C - Elementary Ancient Egyptian

    Instructor(s): Kathlyn CooneyBrandon Keith

    Lecture, five hours. Requisite: course 120B. Reading of authentic Egyptian texts to deepen knowledge of Egyptian grammar and to acquire familiarity with aims and methods of philology, study of ancient texts. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC 1C - Elementary Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Kinda Al RifaeAhmed Alzohairy

    Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1B. 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 102C - Intermediate Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer Hamza

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 102B. 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 103C - Advanced Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer Hamza

    Lecture, two and one half 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(s): Kinda Al Rifae

    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.

  • ARMENIA 101C - Elementary Modern Western Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 101B. Students with knowledge of Armenian should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Armenian grammar, conversation, and exercises. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 102C - 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 104C - Elementary Modern Eastern Armenian

    Instructor(s): Tereza Hovhannisyan

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 104B. 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 105C - Intermediate Modern Eastern Armenian

    Instructor(s): Tereza Hovhannisyan

    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 C153 - Art, Politics, and Nationalism in Modern Armenian Literature

    Instructor(s): Peter Cowe

    Lecture, four hours. Examination of role of literature in modern Armenian society in service to cause or causes, as propaganda for various ideologies, as art for art's sake, etc. Exploration of contrasting aesthetics implicit in these differing interpretations. Concurrently scheduled with course C253. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 188 - Variable Topics in Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    Lecture, four hours. Departmentally sponsored experimental or temporary courses, such as those taught by visiting faculty members. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 189HC - Honors Contracts

    Instructor(s): Hagop KouloujianPeter CoweTereza Hovhannisyan

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • HEBREW 1C - Elementary Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Sariel Birnbaum

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

  • HEBREW 102C - Intermediate Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Sariel Birnbaum

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

  • HEBREW 110C - Readings in Biblical Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 110A, 110B. Continuation of course 110B. Reading of prose texts from Hebrew Bible, particularly from Former Prophets (Joshua-Kings). Introduction to certain aspects of historical grammar of biblical Hebrew. Reading and translation of variety of texts from different historical periods of Hebrew language, including texts from Archaic, Standard, and Late periods. Increased understanding of Hebrew verbal system, including different verbal patterns, their morphology, and syntactic function in biblical Hebrew prose. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 1C - Elementary Persian

    Instructor(s): Banafsheh PourzangiM Shayegan

    Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1B. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Persian. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 20C - Accelerated Elementary Persian

    Instructor(s): Sahba Shayani

    Lecture, four hours; discussion two hours; laboratory, 30 minutes per day. Preparation: some knowledge of spoken Persian. Enforced requisite: course 20B. 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 102C - Intermediate Persian

    Instructor(s): Sahba Shayani

    Lecture, six hours. Requisite: course 102B. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 103C - Advanced Persian: Introduction to Contemporary Persian Poetry and Prose

    Instructor(s): Sahba Shayani

    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 187 - Variable Topics in Iranian Studies

    Instructor(s): Laura FabianSeyed-ali MousaviBanafsheh PourzangiSarwerasa Rafizada

    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.

  • ISLM ST M27CW - Global Islam: Special Topics

    Instructor(s): Luke YarbroughBrooke BakerMohsin Ali

    (Same as Clusters M27CW.) Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course M27B. Introduction to Islam, immensely diverse global tradition which is second largest religion. Study of Islam and Muslims within framework of study of global religious traditions and emphasis on profound diversity of localized belief and practice found across world. Examination of Islam's evolution across 15 centuries, from late antiquity--when it emerged as localized religion in Central Arabia--to modern era where it is practice from U.S. to Indonesia. Concentration on broad analytical categories in study of religion such as text, culture, history, and prophecy. Students transition to more complex analyses through chronological overview of Islamic history. Study also of case studies of Muslim global networks in arenas such as art, music, literature, and political thought. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • ISLM ST M112 - Archaeology and Art of Christian and Islamic Egypt

    Instructor(s): Katherine Burke

    (Same as Archaeology M112, Art History M119D, and Middle Eastern Studies M112.) Lecture, three hours. Culture of Egypt transformed gradually after Muslim conquest in mid-7th century CE. According to material evidence such as ceramics, textiles, architectural forms, and building techniques, it is functionally impossible to separate pre-Islamic Christian Egypt from early Islamic Egypt. Although population may have become largely Muslim by 10th century, Egypt remained Coptic in many senses even to 14th century and retains sizeable Christian minority to present. Survey of archaeological remains and standing architecture of Egypt from 6th to 19th century, charting changes and continuities in material culture and shifts in human geography and land use. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M82 - Music and Holocaust: Individual Experience

    Instructor(s): Emilyn-amalea HeadJoy Calico

    (Same as Musicology M82.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Roles of music during Holocaust are as varied as people who experienced it. Music was composed and performed by prisoners in almost every concentration camp; music was means for some individuals to gain favorable treatment, while others weaponized it. Traces development of European musical culture under Nazi regime (1933-45), focusing on how individuals interacted with music throughout Holocaust. Study of some of newest developments in Holocaust music research, including role American and European non-governmental organizations played in creation of artistic hubs in campus of southern France. Exploration also of cultural representations of Holocaust, and role of music in society's collective memory. Letter grading.

  • M E STD M112 - Archaeology and Art of Christian and Islamic Egypt

    Instructor(s): Katherine Burke

    (Same as Archaeology M112, Art History M119D, and Islamic Studies M112.) Lecture, three hours. Culture of Egypt transformed gradually after Muslim conquest in mid-7th century CE. According to material evidence such as ceramics, textiles, architectural forms, and building techniques, it is functionally impossible to separate pre-Islamic Christian Egypt from early Islamic Egypt. Although population may have become largely Muslim by 10th century, Egypt remained Coptic in many senses even to 14th century and retains sizeable Christian minority to present. Survey of archaeological remains and standing architecture of Egypt from 6th to 19th century, charting changes and continuities in material culture and shifts in human geography and land use. P/NP or letter grading.

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

    Instructor(s): Zeynep Durmus

    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.

  • NR EAST M20 - Visible Language: Study of Writing

    Instructor(s): Daniel HawLarissa St ClairAdam ChebahtahAnthony Yates

    (Same as Asian M20, Indo-European Studies M20, Slavic M20, and Southeast Asian M20.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Consideration of concrete means of language representation in writing systems. Earliest representations of language known are those of Near East dating to end of 4th millennium BC. While literate civilizations of Egypt, Indus Valley, China, and Mesoamerica left little evidence of corresponding earliest developments, their antiquity and, in case of China and Mesoamerica, their evident isolation mark these centers as loci of independent developments in writing. Basic characteristics of early scripts, assessment of modern alphabetic writing systems, and presentation of conceptual basis of semiotic language representation. Origins and development of early non-Western writing systems. How Greco-Roman alphabet arose in 1st millennium BC and how it compares to other modern writing systems. P/NP or letter grading.

  • NR EAST 65 - Global Time Travel

    Instructor(s): Dima El-mouallemMichael Cooperson

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Time travel is our most effective fictional device for asking what past was like, what future will bring, and how our present might look when viewed from other times. Though often associated with Euro-American genre of hard science fiction, time travel is global genre. Study of time travel stories, novels, television productions, and films from variety of periods, regions, and languages in order to explore anxieties genre responds to and other worlds it helps us imagine. Examination of theorists and critics whose work helps explain how time travel interacts with history, narrative, and visuality. P/NP or letter grading.

  • NR EAST CM114 - Teaching and Learning of Heritage Languages

    Instructor(s): Tanya Ivanova-sullivan

    (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 141 - Advanced Akkadian

    Instructor(s): Gina Konstantopoulos

    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 101C - Elementary Turkish

    Instructor(s): Zeynep Durmus

    Lecture, five hours. Requisite: course 101B. Grammar, reading, conversation, and elementary composition drills. P/NP or letter grading.

  • TURKIC 102C - Advanced Turkish

    Instructor(s): Zeynep Durmus

    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.