Courses by Semester

Fall 2010

Courses in History, Culture, Politics

Arabic


ARAB 10100-all sections ELEMENTARY ARABIC I HU
4 credits
01: Hayder Assad, Muller 117, 4-5140
02: Faten Houissa, Admin Annex 114, 4-3056
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Open to students with no previous knowledge of Arabic.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course develops spoken and written skills. Students will be introduced to the Arabic alphabet and sounds, grammatical construction, and vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed in Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets Monday through Friday.

 

ARAB 20100-01 INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I HU
4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Hayder Assad, Muller 117, 4-5140
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Open to students with no previous knowledge of Arabic.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course develops spoken and written skills. Students will be introduced to the Arabic alphabet and sounds, grammatical construction, and vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed in Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Class meets Monday through Friday.

 

Religion

RLST 27500-01 ST: INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM HU LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Menning, Park Hall 234, Ext. 41378
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: One course in the humanities or social sciences.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to the origins, historical development, major institutions, and central beliefs and practices of Islamic tradition. Particular attention is given to contemporary debates in Islamic Studies that are shaping our understanding of Islam and to Islamic responses to modern challenges of pluralism, feminism, and violence.
STUDENTS: All who meet the prerequisite are welcome.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion and short lectures.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Participation (10%), exams (40%), reading responses (25%), final paper (25%).

Courses in Comparative and International Study

Anthropology

ANTH-22500-01 SOUTH ASIA: INDIA AND ITS NEIGHBORS LA SS 1, g
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Denise Nuttall, Gannett 101, Ext. 4-1682, dnuttall@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: ANTH-10400.
STUDENTS: Open to students with interests in India, South Asia, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and cultural studies.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an exploration of the cultural diversity in South Asia with a focus on India. While it is important to discuss India’s relations to its neighbors such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka this course primarily focuses on how India is represented through a variety of cultural and popular traditions such as cinema, dance, and music. Located within the ethnographic area of South Asian studies and drawing upon recent theoretical debates in Cultural Studies this course encourages students to both theorize and describe the impact of Indian cultural and artistic forms (based in Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist traditions) in the global village today. The recent phenomenon of ‘India rising’ economically on the world stage has resulted in a renewed significance of understanding South Asian cultures and has as well resulted in a new wave of anthropological inquiry. In this course we will examine the emergence of Indian popular culture and artistic forms consumed around the globe with an eye to how gender, caste and class, religion and ritual, shape tradition and change (modernity) in India and beyond in the South Asian Diaspora.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, workshops, and local fieldtrips.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Students are required to read articles, participate in performing arts workshops, attend music and dance performances in the Ithaca area, write a research paper and present research findings to the class. Assignments include a research paper, class seminars and a field assignment focusing on experiencing Indian cultural and popular traditions.

History

HIST 22400-01 MODERN SOUTH ASIA HU LA
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Jason Freitag, Muller 423, Ext. 4-5798
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors of all majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will consider the history of modern South Asia, “modern” being broadly defined as the period from about 1500 until the present day. We will begin with an overview of the early cultural and political history of India to provide a general background and context for the course. We will then proceed through major social, cultural and political developments on the subcontinent, including the rise of the Mughal Empire, the coming of the British, the Sepoy mutiny/rebellion, the rise of nationalism, the Indian Nationalist Congress and the Muslim League, Hindu/Muslim communal tensions, partition and the formation of India and Pakistan. We will conclude with an exploration of contemporary cultural and political issues, such as human rights, particularly the rights of women (including analyses of such issues as sati, dowry deaths, literacy and sex selection), dalits (historically known as “pariahs” or “outcastes,”) and religious minorities; the rapid emergence of the “middle class” in India and the recent dramatic economic changes on the subcontinent; Indo-Pak relations and the development of nuclear powers in South Asia.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Interactive lectures, discussion of assigned readings, student presentations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings, response papers, class attendance and participation, critical essay (which will forms the basis of an end-of-semester presentation). Grading based on performance on each of the above requirements.

 

 

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