Current Course Offerings

Fall 2014 Course Offerings


For Both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Elective Courses

AAAS 126b Political Economy of the Third World
T,F 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Prof. Nyangoni

Development of capitalism and different roles and functions assigned to all "Third Worlds," in the periphery as well as the center. Special attention will be paid to African and Afro-American peripheries.

ARBC 103a Lower Advanced Arabic
M,T,W,Th 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Designed to help the student attain advanced proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. The syllabus includes selections from modern texts representing a variety of styles and genres, advanced composition, and sustained development of oral-aural proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 103a is required to take ARBC 103b.

ARBC 106a Advanced Arabic I: Contemporary Arabic Literature

M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Prof. El-Tobgui

Develops advanced reading competence through a variety of modern literary texts focusing on contemporary Arab society, culture, and intellectual life. Continued solidification of advanced grammar and style with application through frequent writing assignments, both analytical and creative. Class conducted entirely in Arabic.

NEJS 174b Israeli Women Writers on War and Peace
T, R 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Prof. Szobel

Taught in Hebrew.
An exploration of nationalism and gender in Modern Hebrew literature. By discussing various Hebrew texts and Israeli works of art and film, this course explores women's relationship to Zionism, war, peace, the state, politics, and processes of cultural production.

NEJS 185a Topics in Israeli Social and Political History
M,W5:00 PM - 6:20 PM
Prof. Troen

Not recommended for first year students.
Focuses on key topics in the shaping of the Israeli experience, including Zionist colonization; absorption of immigrants; shaping Jewish identity, personal and national, in a secular sense; and homeland/Diaspora relations. Comparative perspectives are employed.

POL 128a The Politics of Revolution: State Violence and Popular Insurgency in the Third World

T, R 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Prof. Thaxton

Introduction to twentieth-century revolutionary movements in the Third World, focusing on the emergence of peasant-based resistance and revolution in the world beyond the West, and on the role of state violence in provoking popular involvement in protest, rebellion, and insurgency.

POL 160a The War on Global Terrorism
M, W 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Prof. Klausen

Intended for juniors and seniors, but open to all students.
Explores how 9/11 changed our lives. The course surveys the build-up of Al Queda leading up to the 9/11 attacks and ten years of counter terrorism. Students are given an introduction to Jihadist doctrines and Al Queda's structure as well as theories about the cause of terrorism.

SOC 119a Deconstructing War, Building Peace
T, F 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Prof. Fellman

Ponders the possibility of a major "paradigm shift" under way from adversarialism and war to mutuality and peace. Examines war culture and peace culture and points in between, with emphases on the role of imagination in social change, growing global interdependence, and political, economic, gender, social class, and social psychological aspects of war and peace.