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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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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, Beginning I
Modern Standard Arabic, Beginning II
Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate I
Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate II
Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced I
Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced II
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 Language and Culture 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 DPS elective courses will be open for LC students, and vice versa.
ENVI 3001 JORD
The Environment and the Politics of Water
This course provides a broad overview of various issues in the environment and water supply for Jordan and the Middle East. Students are introduced to important concepts in environmental science, such as ecosystems, energy and matter, land, water, atmosphere, and biodiversity.
INRE 3001 JORD
International Relations and Diplomacy in the Middle East
This course examines the international politics of the Middle East since World War II. The relationships of inter-Arab, Arab-Israeli, and superpower political patterns on policies are emphasized. The influences of nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and social and economic disparities are placed in the context of these relationships.
INRE 3003 JORD/POLI 3003 JORD
Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
This course traces the evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from its post-World War I origins to the present day. With the course focused on the specific conflict between the two competing national movements, students are asked to consider the historical and political development of both the Zionist movement and the Palestinian national identity. The course highlights the buildup to three important turning points in the conflict: 1948, and the partition decision; 1987, and the first intifada; and 1993, and the Oslo Process. The final portion of the course looks at different scenarios for the future.
LITT 3002 JORD/GEND 3001 JORD
Contemporary Arab Women Writers
This course explores how Arab women writers articulate their subjectivity, revise their societal or familial roles, negotiate tradition, and respond to political and cultural exigencies. It focuses on the study and analysis of contemporary Arab novels by Hanan Al-Shaykh, Ahdaf Soueif, Fadia Faqir, Nawal El-Saadawi, and Leila Al-Atrash. The course seeks to trace the historical development of Arab feminism and to analyze feminist literature written by Arab women writers within a cultural context.
POLI 3004 JORD/MEST 3002 JORD
America and the Arabs
This course examines the long history of interaction between the U.S. and the Arab World, with a special emphasis on the nature of contemporary relations between American and Arabian cultures. The course explores the history of American foreign policy in the Middle East, the impact of the Cold War, terrorism, military conflict on Arab-American relations, the impact of American culture in the region, and the evolution of American attitudes toward Arabian cultures and the Islamic World.
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 inArabic 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.
COMM 3301 JORD
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Amman as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level.
RELI 3001 JORD
Introduction to Islam
This course, which is designed to introduce students to the core concepts of Islam, utilizes a holistic approach to examine Islam with regard to faith, practice, economics, and politics.