Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES
MODERN STANDARD ARABIC
Students are placed into the appropriate Modern Standard Arabic level based on previous study of the language and the results of a language exam taken during orientation. The exam tests how well you can apply what you’ve learned in Arabic so far, and is not based on progression through any particular Arabic textbook. Contact hours: 90. Credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate I
Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate II
Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced I
Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced II
The following two courses are designed for students who have completed five or more semesters of Modern Standard Arabic and/or have completed al-Kitaab or another series. These courses use authentic source materials only. Students need to adapt to a proficiency-based curriculum that does not follow a particular text book. Contact hours: 90. Credit 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced III
Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced IV
COLLOQUIAL JORDANIAN ARABIC
Essential for functioning in everyday life, Colloquial Jordanian Arabic is the language of spoken communication and is used in domestic, intimate, and informal settings in the home, the workplace, and among friends and acquaintances. These courses introduce students to the grammar and vocabulary of the Jordanian dialect and build on the instruction provided in the Modern Standard Arabic language course. They include intensive portions during orientation to impart basic survival skills, then continue with regular classroom sessions. Continued Conversations in Colloquial Arabic is intended for students who demonstrate extensive prior experience or study of Jordanian Arabic or another dialect, as well as most Academic Year program students. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
ARAB 1003 JORD
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning I
ARAB 1004 JORD
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Beginning II
ARAB 2003 JORD
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate I
ARAB 2004 JORD
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Intermediate II
ARAB 3003 JORD
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Advanced I
ARAB 3004 JORD
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Advanced II
ARAB 3005 JORD
Continued Conversations in Colloquial Arabic
CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies Elective Courses
Students must choose three courses from the list below. This is a sample list of elective courses. A final course list will be distributed to students during the on-site orientation for purposes of registration. Every semester, selected LC elective courses will be open for DPS students, and vice versa.
INSH 3003 ADPS
Students are placed in prescreened internships with a local or international development organization or business. Students are required to achieve 12 hours a week for 11 weeks of actual work at the host institution, along with recording their experiences in a reflective journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final report that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in Jordan. In addition, students meet for biweekly seminars and complete an assigned readings list. Students need to acquire home institution approval in order to start the application process. Contact hours: 45 (Total course hours = 135). This course includes 15 classroom contact hours, required individual advising, mandatory field site visits, and approximately 120 internship hours.
ECON 3001 ADPS
Development Economics in the Middle East
This course provides an overview of development economics in the Middle East that analyzes opportunities and challenges. Issues like foreign aid, foreign investment, adjustment programs, oil and water politics, and hindrance to growth are of major concern. Challenges of foreign debt, size of public sector, unemployment, poverty, and population growth are also addressed. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INRE 3001 ADPS
Political Structure and Dynamics of the Middle East Regional System
This course examines the international politics of the Middle East since World War II, including inter-Arab and Arab-Israeli relationships. The impacts on superpower political patterns on policies are emphasized.
This course identifies the major threats to regional peace and security. It tackles issues of proliferations of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, the phenomenon of nonstate actors, and failed states. It also addresses the regional mechanisms that deal with these threats. The role of key international actors is also analyzed. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INRE 3002 ADPS
This course identifies the major issues Arab diplomacy is concerned with, and the manner by which they are debated among Arab states. It examines regional organizations and institutions as a platform used to address regional concerns. The course also describes the various diplomatic tools Arab states utilize in their regional interactions. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ARAB 3007 JORD
(Students may take this course in lieu of an area studies class in English or in lieu of instruction in colloquial Arabic if proficiency in the dialect can be demonstrated.)
This course offers an opportunity for students with more advanced proficiency in Arabic to begin applying their skills to contemporary authentic source material. Students read newspaper articles and internet media, as well as listen to radio and television broadcasts. Students also discuss current events and are expected to write short articles. Permission from the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction is required; enrollment is limited on the basis of placement test results. (Language of instruction – Arabic)
POLI 3004 ADPS/ENVI 3004 ADPS
Environment, Sustainability, and Activism
Jordan now ranks second in the world in terms of water poverty. It is also devoid of petroleum resources, facing an uncertain future in terms of energy security, and is experiencing a population boom in the midst of a wave of regional forced migration. This course uses Jordan’ geopolitical position in the region and the current debates over water management, its nuclear program, hydroelectric damming projects, its agricultural sector, access to petroleum products, growing urbanism, and exploding population as a lens for exploring local and regional issues of diplomacy and development vis-à-vis environmental science and policy.