SOSH 670 Experiences of Modernity in the Arab World: This courses deals with two axes; the first addresses concepts of modernity in relation to its inherent and corresponding concepts and it provides a theoretical introduction to key trends related to modernity. The second axis revolves around the issues raised by the application of modernity in the Arab world and reviews the various Arab modernist and modernizing experiments. It also aims to view modernism from historical standpoints and traces the evolution of the way Islamic thought dealt with forms of modernity and modernization.
SOSH 671 Colonialism and Arab National Liberation Movements: This course will study
Western colonialism and its various forms, including the phenomenon of
imperialism and the way Arab liberation movements emerged in light of these
various aspects of control. The course will also introduce a number of concepts
and theories that attempted to explain the phenomenon of colonialism, study the
reasons behind the emergence of national liberation movements, and reexamine the
concepts of patriotism and nationalism. This course will consist
of two sections: theoretical and historical. The first section identifies the
phenomenon of colonialism in its different stages. The historical section will
address specific cases in the context of the Arab world.
SOSH 672 Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: This course seeks
to develop the skills necessary for a deeper understanding of, and positive
interaction with political theories and philosophical arguments, through examining
the way concepts were formed and how they transitioned and developed across
time and across cultural and political intervals. A deeper understanding of the
development of these concepts and interpreting them will help students
develop a critical view of these concepts and theories, and develop an original understanding in this field.
SOSH 673 Gender, Identity and Modernity in the Middle East: This course introduces students to the interrelationships
between gender, identity and modernity in contemporary Middle Eastern
societies. It provides an overview of the various debates, tensions and
transformations that underpin changing gender relations, power dynamics, and
social structures in the region.
SOSH 674 Critical Readings in Modern and Contemporary Aesthetics: Sound, Image, Text: This course aims to acquaint students
with the theoretical and methodological trends in the field of modern and
contemporary aesthetics. The course consists of two main sections. The first section,
will address the history of the development of aesthetics and the key issues
that formed its cognitive axes. The second part will address the three media components, sound, image and text, in terms of the main theoretical
trends that addressed them and the critical approaches that have emerged from them.
SOSH 675 Sociolinguistics: This
course is an introduction to social linguistics, and focuses
in general on the study of the different functions and purposes of language utilization in society. It deals with
many topics in sociolinguistics whilst focusing on the linguistic situation in
the Arab world. The course also aims to introduce students to the fundamental
concepts of sociolinguistics and how to use them as research tools in studying the
social reality in which we live.
SOSH 676 Political Economy of the Arab World: The Arab Uprisings have
brought into relief the old debate on the material- economic and
ideational-political origins of revolutions. Yet direct dialogue between
economists and political science has been sparse. This course attempts to remedy these lacunae
by fusing insights from both disciplines as regards the recent convulsions in
the Arab world. The course introduces historical inquiry of the origins and
major themes of the political economy of the Middle East and studies
contemporary social change and its attendant challenges.
SOSH 677 Comparative Cultural Studies: Theory and Application: This course starts with the argument that
understanding culture is key to understanding political, social, historical
aspects of human civilizations. Comparative Cultural Studies course will give
insight into cultural experiences and perspectives in media, art and literature
as well as other popular forms of expression.
SOSH 678 History of Ideas (description coming soon).