Courses by Semester

Spring 2011

Muslim Cultures Courses, Spring 2011

Required Courses

Politics

POLT 33300-01 UNDERSTANDING ISLAM LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Asma Barlas, CHS 101 (CSCRE Office), ext 4-1056
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the social sciences or permission of the instructor.
STUDENTS: Open to all who meet the prerequisites or have instructor’s permission.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course we will study Islam as both a system of beliefs about the divine (religion and theology) and as an actually lived reality (history and politics). Topics range from scriptural conceptions of God, human creation, and sex/ gender relationships, to war, violence and mysticism on the one hand, and from the historical interface between “Islam and the West” to current debates about Muslims and terrorism, on the other.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: discussions, presentations
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class attendance/participation, journals, concept papers.

 

Courses in History, Culture, Politics

Anthropology

ANTH 28700-01 ETHNOMUSICOLOGY MUSIC LAB I LA SS
3 credits
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 and permission of instructor.
ENROLLMENT: 10
STUDENTS: Open to students interested in music and culture, performance, South Asian Studies, and/or World Music.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course, essentially experiential in nature, provides students with an introduction to South Asian classical and folk music making. Focusing on North Indian classical percussion (the art of tabla) and various folk instruments, students will learn basic musical skills of classical Hindustani music (rhythm and melody). While a special emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of rhythm in Indian classical music students may also have the opportunity to participate in world music workshops with guest musicians covering a variety of cultural music making contexts. This course seeks to provide students with some working knowledge of music making in non-western contexts and is open to students with no previous musical training or practical experience.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes will predominately be based on music training in the art of tabla, dholak and other percussion instruments and may include some master classes or workshops with world musicians, as well as various listening sessions.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Students will be required to attend all classes and dedicate one hour a day (minimally 4 days a week) towards practice of the various compositions learned in these classes. Students do not need to buy their own set of tabla as they will be eligible to sign out instruments for practice sessions. Students will be encouraged to learn the theory and practice behind North Indian music by acquiring skills in compositional note taking. Some reading will be required. Assignments include learning basic strokes, compositions, and a variety of rhythmic structures (North and South Indian music systems and others depending on guest musician availability). As this is a performance based music lab students will be examined on their musical development in each class.

Arabic

 

ARAB 10200-all sections ELEMENTARY ARABIC II HU LA 3a, g
4 credits
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01: Hayder Assad, Muller 117, 4-5140
Section02: Faten Houissa, Admin Annex 114, 4-3056
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: ARAB 10100 or equivalent.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is a continuation of Arabic 101. It will continue to provide a thorough grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The student who successfully completes this course will be able to: 1) understand and actively participate in simple conversations involving basic practical and social situations (introductions, greetings, school, home and family, work, simple instructions, etc.); 2) read Arabic material of limited complexity and variety (simple narrative and descriptive texts, directions, etc.); 3) write simple compositions describing a place, an event, or a personal experience. An important objective of the course is familiarizing students with basic facts about the geography, history, and culture of the Arab world.

 

ARAB 20200-01 INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II HU LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Hayder Assad, Muller 117, 4-5140
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: ARAB 20100 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of Arabic 20100.

 

History

HIST 39205-01 ST: STUDIES IN GLOBAL HISTORY: ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS: THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE HU LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jason Freitag, Muller 423, Ext. 4-5798
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: Three courses in the humanities and/or social sciences; sophomore standing.
STUDENTS: Open to all students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide a survey of major aspects of the Ottoman Empire, including the history of the empire, Ottoman political and commercial culture and relations with other world powers, religious culture, art, architecture, literature and music of the Ottoman period. The course will treat the empire as a case study of a diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-religious state composed of aspects of the earlier Byzantine Christian and Jewish cultures with Turkic and Islamic cultural elements. This layering of histories allows students to address long-term issues of cultural interaction and diversity, and helps to shape a discussion on the encounters between peoples and the ways that diverse groups have negotiated their relationships over time. Finally, this course is designed to provide students the background history that will prepare them for a post-semester, short-term trip abroad to Istanbul. The study abroad component seeks to deepen the students’ classroom experience through visits to some of the major historical and cultural sites discussed during the semester. Additionally, the trip to Turkey would provide an introduction to modern Turkish culture and expose students to a dynamic and increasingly important player in the global community.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Interactive lectures, discussion of assigned readings (historical texts and novels) and films, student presentations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings, response papers, class attendance and participation, critical essay (which will form the basis of an end-of-semester presentation); grading based on performance on each of the above requirements.

 

Courses in Comparative and International Study

Art History

ARTH 22100-01 INTRODUCTION TO THE MEDIEVAL WORLD LA HU 3b, g h
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Clancy, Gannett 117, Ext. 4-1261, clancy@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 28
PREREQUISITES: Either one course in art history; or sophomore standing and one course in the humanities or fine arts.
STUDENTS: All interested students are welcome.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will explore different facets of medieval life as revealed by the visual and material culture of the Middle Ages. The course will be organized by theme rather than chronology. Topics will include modern fascinations with the "medieval"; medieval maps and world views; religious functions and contexts for medieval images; visual narratives in the Middle Ages; contact and exchange between Jews, Muslims, and Christians; the visual cultures of the aristocracy and middle class; and imagery of death and mortality. The course will investigate a variety of types of objects and images (including buildings, sculpture, manuscript illumination, metalwork, and mosaics), as well as archaeological remains of medieval life.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussion, lecture, and collaborative work.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams and projects. Grades based on required work, with consideration given to attendance and class participation.

History

HIST 22300-01 RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE HU LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jason Freitag, Muller 423, Ext. 4-5798
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITES: One course in the humanities or social sciences; sophomore standing and above.
STUDENTS: Open to all students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: At its height, the British Empire encompassed one quarter of the earth, and was so geographically dispersed that the sun literally never set on a British possession. This course will examine how and why Great Britain (a country half the size of France) acquired such a vast empire. The class will look at the scope of the empire – settlements and colonies in North America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa; dependencies and protectorates in Africa and the Middle East; and finally the jewel in the imperial crown, India – and how the populations in both Britain and the colonized regions responded when faced with this empire. The class will also examine the technologies of power that enabled Britain to administer such a large area, and the ways in which imperial power was implicated in the construction of knowledge that introduced many of these places to a European audience, and formed the original basis of modern scholarship on much of the world. Finally, the course will focus on the dissolution of the empire in the twentieth century and the post-colonial legacy that continues to shape these former imperial possessions, as well as the modern British state. Counts towards the global history requirement for history department majors.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Interactive lectures, discussion of assigned readings (historical texts and novels) and films, student presentations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Readings, response papers, class attendance and participation, critical essay (which will form the basis of an end-of-semester presentation); grading based on performance on each of the above requirements.

Religious Studies

RLST 10600-01,02 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS: WESTERN AND MODERN 1 G H HU LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Menning, Park Hall 234, Ext. 45802. nmenning@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25 per section
PREREQUISITES: None.
STUDENTS: Open to all students interested in the subject.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduces the academic study of religion through exploration of the origins, historical development, and thought and practice of the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures and discussion.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Letter grade based on exams, papers, and class participation.

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