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 cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
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Required CIEE Language Courses
ARAB 1001 JORD—Arabic Language, Beginning Arabic I
ARAB 1002 JORD—Arabic Language, Beginning Arabic II
ARAB 2001 JORD—Arabic Language, Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 2002 JORD—Arabic Language, Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 3001 JORD—Arabic Language, Advanced Arabic I
ARAB 3002 JORD—Arabic Language, Advanced Arabic II
Students are placed into the appropriate modern standard Arabic level based on the results of a language exam taken during orientation. In addition to the regular classroom and lab sessions, students also have supplementary small group sessions. Contact hours: 140. Recommended credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours.
ARAB 4001 JORD—Arabic Language, Superior I
ARAB 4002 JORD—Arabic Language, Superior II
These courses are designed for students who have completed five or more semesters of Modern Standard Arabic and/or have completed the al-Kitaab 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: 140. Recommended credit 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Eligibility for this course is determined by on-site placement test.
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
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. This course introduces students to the grammar and vocabulary of the Jordanian dialect and builds off the instruction in the Arabic language course.
ARAB 3006 JORD
Advanced Topics in Modern Standard Arabic
This course is designed for students with very advanced levels of modern standard Arabic or colloquial Arabic and is offered in place of one of the required language courses at the recommendation of the CIEE Director of Arabic Instruction. Weekly readings focus on contemporary topics related to Jordanian society and culture. Students are expected to produce written answers to questions, personal and formal letters, and short essays expressing understanding of the topics. Students discuss their written work and work on specific issues related to their homework in small groups with an assigned faculty instructor.
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 advanced levels of 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. Contact hours 45. Recommended credit 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
ARAB 3008 JORD
Introduction to Arabic Literature
This course is for advanced or superior language students who are seeking to develop their reading comprehension through authentic texts. Course includes prose and poetry from different periods and genres in Arabic literature.
CIEE Area Studies Courses
ARCE 3001 JORD
Archaeological Survey of Jordan
This course provides students an overview of archaeological discoveries in Jordan. Students learn about the various historical and pre-historical periods of human habitation in Jordan via a study of Jordan’s most famous archaeological sites. Techniques in archaeology are discussed, and students visit sites in and around Amman.
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.
HIST 3001 JORD
The Modern History of Jordan and the Middle East
This course aims to acquaint students, in an historical perspective, with the multitude of events
and challenges that Jordan has passed through over the years, how it dealt with them, and the effects and
repercussions of those events on the country and region as a whole. While giving the necessary historical and political background, the course shall also explore contemporary issues which will facilitate a greater understanding of Jordan and the Middle East.
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 build up 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.
INRE 3006 JORD
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.
MEST 3001 JORD/RELI 3003 JORD
Islam in the Modern Context
This course investigates contemporary thought in the Islamic world with emphasis on major representative figures, movements, and those thinkers that have proved to be influential in shaping events and trends in the region since the last decades of the 19th century, including Afghani, Iqbal, Qutb, Mawdudi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and others. It examines how Islamic scholars have responded to the many challenges modern civilization poses, seeking and presenting answers to new questions relating to gender, democracy, education, technology, and human rights. It covers thinkers from all quarters—'radicals', 'leftists', 'reformists', Sunni, and Shi’i. The aim of the course is to gain insight of current trends in the thought of the Islamic World.
MEST 3004 JORD/ LITT 3003 JORD
Middle East: Alternative Perspectives
This course examines the Middle East through its various voices with a focus on cultural representations and self-identification. Students are introduced to cultural patterns and ideologies to help them reach the cultural competence required for their pragmatic experiences with a Middle Eastern community. The materials used throughout vary in order to present the students with an alternative perception of the Middle East and thus most probably a new and different appreciation of this region and its people. Teaching methods vary in form and approach to include texts, media, and aesthetic productions as well cyber space usages.
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. The course is taught in conjunction with the Masters of American Studies program at the University of Jordan, allowing for integration and dialogue with local Jordanian students.
GEND 3002 JORD
Gender and Inequality in The Middle East
COMM 3002 JORD
This course is designed to help students develop intercultural competence on a general level, which can be transferred to other intercultural experiences, and on a country specific level— in our case Jordan. By definition a competence consists of three different elements: 1) knowledge and understanding, 2) attitude, and 3) skill. Therefore, the course does not focus on the cognitive aspect of intercultural competence only, but gives plenty of room to develop new skills (e.g. learning empathy and working with Arabs through ethnographic interviewing) and reflect and, if necessary, change one’s ethnocentric attitude and behavior. Intercultural competence includes a diverse subset of competencies, like semiotic percipience, interpathy, role distance, meta-communication, and ambiguity tolerance. The learning activities will mirror this diversity by including readings, in-class discussions and online forums, journaling, role plays, cultural analysis of film material, and research through interviewing. The intention of the course is for participants to acquire a basic set of tools from the areas of anthropology, communication theory, and semiotics which will enable them to adjust to and function in any multicultural work and living conditions.
RELI 3003 JORD
Islam in the Modern Context
This course, which is designed to introduce students to the core concepts of Islam, utilizes a holistic approach to examine Islam with regards to faith, practice, economics, and politics.
This course is only open to academic year students during their second semester in Jordan.
INSH 3003 JORD
Qualified students are placed in pre-screened internships with a non-governmental organization involved in community development, public opinion, social welfare, women’s rights and political participation, environmental protection, or women’s studies. Students record their experiences in a journal, which is evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final research paper that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region. In addition, students meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list. Approval for participation in the Internship course must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution during the application process.