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.
ARAB 1011 AMJO - MODERN STANDARD ARABIC, BEGINNING I
ARAB 1012 AMJO - MODERN STANDARD ARABIC, BEGINNING II
ARAB 2011 AMJO - MODERN STANDARD ARABIC, INTERMEDIATE I
ARAB 2012 AMJO - MODERN STANDARD ARABIC, INTERMEDIATE II
ARAB 3011 AMJO - MODERN STANDARD ARABIC, ADVANCED I
ARAB 3012 AMJO - MODERN STANDARD ARABIC, ADVANCED II
The following course is designed for students who have completed five or more semesters of Modern Standard Arabic and/or have completed Al-Kitaab or another series. This course uses 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.
ARAB 3013 AMJO - MODERN STANDARD ARABIC, ADVANCED III
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. 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
The following course 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 3005 JORD - CONTINUED CONVERSATIONS IN COLLOQUIAL ARABIC
CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES
Students must choose two courses from the list below. This is a sample list of elective courses. A final course list will be distributed during the on-site orientation for purposes of registration.
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: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
(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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
This course offers participants skills, knowledge, and understanding to 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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM
This course is designed to introduce students to the core concepts of Islam and utilizes a holistic approach to examine Islam with regard to faith, practice, economics, and politics. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
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 case study 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.
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: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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 as well as the major threats to regional peace and security. It tackles issues of proliferations of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, the phenomenon of non-state actors, and failed states in addition to the regional mechanisms that deal with these threats. The role of key international actors is also analyzed. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY & 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’s geopolitical position in the region and the current debates over water management, hydroelectric damming, access to petroleum products, growing urbanism, and exploding population plus its nuclear program and agricultural sector as a lens for exploring local and regional issues of diplomacy and development vis-à-vis environmental science and policy. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
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. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
PRINCESS SUMAYA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVE COURSES
SAMPLE COURSES INCLUDE:
ACCOUNTING FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS (BANKS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES)
AUDITING UNDER INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ON AUDITING I AND II
COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND TECHNOLOGIES
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC BUSINESS
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
MATH FOR BUSINESS
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
PURCHASING AND INVENTORY MANAGEMENT