Course Descriptions

 

Lower Division

92. Internship in Middle East/South Asia Studies (3-15)

Internship. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Work experience on and off campus in all subject areas offered as part of the ME/SA Studies program. Internship supervised by a member of the ME/SA faculty. May be repeated for credit up to 15 units. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.) 

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.)

99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.) 

Upper Division

100. Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Ethnographic and historical points of intersection and divergence in various aspects of the Middle East and South Asia in precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial societies. Anthropological, historical, and theoretical debates surrounding the region. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

111A. Great Cities of Arab Middle East and South Asia (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: some knowledge of Islamic/Middle Eastern history is very useful; consent of instructor. In-depth examination of the great cities of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia as cultural and historical artifacts. Topics include: the concept of the Islamic city, processes of modernity, and representations that reinforce imagination, memory and personal identity. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.—F, W. (F, W.) Miller, Susan

112. History of South Asian Islam (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Comparative study of Muslim communities of South Asia. Commonalities in cultural identity and historical experience. Rise and spread of Islam, comparative history of Islamic Empires, colonial rule, and post-colonial nationalism.—W. (W.) Sen, Sudipta

121A. Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. In-depth analysis of the Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi (d. 1020 CE) in its historical context with a comparative perspective on the role of this work in Persian and world literature. (Same course as Comparative Literature 175.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Jocelyn, Sharlet

121C. A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. In-depth exploration of The Arabian Nights, the best-known work of pre-modern Arabic literature and a major work of world literature. Analysis of the work in its historical context and in comparison to other frame tales in world literature. (Same course as Comparative Literature 172 and Arabic 140.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Radwan, Sharlet

122A. Themes in the Arabic Novel (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; independent study; extensive writing. Class size limited to 30 students. Select modern Arabic fiction (novels and short stories) in translation. Thematically connected readings supplemented by non-fictional writings when appropriate. May be repeated two times for credit if the texts/theme of required course readings sufficiently change. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, OL, WC, WE.—F, Su. (F, Su.) Noha, Radwan

131A. Modern Iranian Cinema (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper-division standing, or consent of instructor. Iranian cinema of the 20th century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Iran especially since the Iranian Revolution. Produc­tions by representative directors such as Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizaie are included. Knowl­edge of Persian not required. (Same course as Cin­ema & Technocultural Studies 146A.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.—S. (S.) 

131C. Religion and Media in Arab World (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Exploration of the role and experi­ence of media technologies in the Arab world. Study of digital and electronic media as well as alternative media practices. Investigation of new trends in politi­cal activism and identity formation. (Same course as Religious Studies 166.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci | OL, SS, VL, WC, WE.—Miller, Flagg

150. Women and Islamic Discourses (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: Women's Studies 50 or comparable course. Introduction to the debates/discourses about women and Islam. Transformations in debates/discourses in colonial and postcolonial periods in the Middle East & South Asia. Comparative study of debates/discourses on family, work, law, sexuality, religion, comportment, human rights, feminist and religious movements. (Same course as Women's Studies 185.) Offered irregularly.  GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, WC.

151A. Iranian Society & Culture (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: some knowledge of Islamic/Middle Eastern history is very useful; consent of instructor. In-depth investigation of modern Iranian society and culture. Exploration of structures of Iranian society: family, gender, religion, minorities, economy, politics, and state. Iran's role in the globalizing world, and the role of Iranian diasporas. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.—S. (S.) 

180. Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Comparative perspective on the Middle East and South Asia. Topics may include modernity, religious traditions, colonialism, subalternity and social movements, gender and sexuality, history and memory, science and development, ritual and performance, public culture, diasporas. May be repeated one time for credit. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

181A. Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Iran & Persian topics for students specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated three times for credit. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, WC, WE.

181B. Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Indian/South Asia topics for students specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated three times for credit. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, WC, WE.

181C. Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Arab Studies topics. May be repeated three times for credit when different topics and themes are studied. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS.—S. (S.) 

182A. Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in Iran & Persian topics specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia studies. May be repeated three times for credit.—W. (W.) 

182B. Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in India/South Asia topics specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia studies. May be repeated three times for credit when different topics and themes are studied.—W. (W.) 

182C. Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in Arab Studies topics. May be repeated three times for credit. GE credit: WE.—S. (S.) 

192. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: course 100. Supervised internship on and off campus in the area of Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.)

194H. Special Study for Honors Students (1-5)

Prerequisite: open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for honors program; consent of instructor. Independent study of a problem in Middle East/South Asian studies involving the writing of an honors thesis.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: course 100. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: course 100. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.)