Center for Global & International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Middle East Studies Minor Courses Offered in Spring 2015

* Please note that other courses may be counted, such as new courses or "topics" courses not yet listed in the online course catalog. Please speak to one of the MES Minor advisors, Mike Wuthrich, mwuthrich@ku.edu or Laura Leonard lalaeonar@ku.edu to petition for course approval.

 

Core Courses


GIST 624/POLS 669/SOC 600

Social Movements in the Middle East ( 3 / S ) Spring 2015
Using the major theories and approaches comparatively applied to social movements around the world, this course critically analyzes historical and existing cases of social movements and "nonmovements" in the Middle East. We cover examples of Islamist (and post-Islamist), women's, nationalist, democratic, youth and labor movements and their impact on the region. Contextual factors like technology and social networking, regime type, institutions, and socioeconomic structures are also considered for their role in supporting or inhibiting collective action. Prerequisite: GIST 301 or POLS 150. Can be substituted for one of the HIST 328 or POLS 661 overview courses.
Satisfies: S Social Sciences (S)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Mike Wuthrich 3 69983  
Notes MW 4:00PM - 5:15PMBailey 105 - LAWRENCE

 

Social Science Emphasis


ANTH/AAAS 372

Religion, Power & Sexuality in Arab Societies ( 3 / S / NW ) Spring 2015
This course examines theories of religion, discourse, power, gender and sexuality in their application to Arab societies. The course introduces different aspects of Arab cultures. Through canonical works, we study political domination, tribal social organization, honor, tribe, shame, social loyalty, ritual initiations and discuss how these issues speak generally to anthropological inquiry. Regionally specific works are then framed by an additional set of readings drawn from anthropological, linguistics, and social theories.
Satisfies: S Social Sciences (S) ,  NW Non-Western Culture (NW)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Majid Hannoum 3 61804  
Notes TuTh   11:00AM - 12:15PM   Wescoe 4051 - LAWRENCE

GIST 503/POLS 669

Politics in the Non-Arab Middle East ( 3 ) Spring 2015
Satisfies: S Social Sciences (S)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Mike Wuthrich 3 69968  
Notes Tu 6:10PM - 9:00PM  Bailey 202 -LAWRENCE        
 

GIST 624/POLS 669/SOC 600

Social Movements in the Middle East ( 3 / S ) Spring 2015
Using the major theories and approaches comparatively applied to social movements around the world, this course critically analyzes historical and existing cases of social movements and "nonmovements" in the Middle East. We cover examples of Islamist (and post-Islamist), women's, nationalist, democratic, youth and labor movements and their impact on the region. Contextual factors like technology and social networking, regime type, institutions, and socioeconomic structures are also considered for their role in supporting or inhibiting collective action. Prerequisite: GIST 301 or POLS 150.
Satisfies: S Social Sciences (S)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Mike Wuthrich 3 69983  
Notes MW 4:00PM - 5:15PM   Bailey 105 - LAWRENCE

JWSH 300

Topics in Jewish Studies:Citizenship & Urban Protest ( 3 / H ) Spring 2015
Examination of special topics in Jewish Studies.  May be repeated if topic varies.
Satisfies: H Humanities (H)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Gal Levy 3 67374  
Notes TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM  Fraser 224 - LAWRENCE  

POLS 689

Topics in International Relations: Terrorism ( 3 ) Spring 2015
A study of selected problems in international relations.  Course is repeatable for different topics.  Prerequisite:  POLS 170.
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Nazli Avdan 3 62548  
Notes M 1:00PM - 3:50PM  Blake 114 - LAWRENCE  

 

 Humanities Emphasis


AAAS 320

African Studies In: Slavery in the Lands of Islam ( 3 / AE42  / H / W ) Spring 2015
Lecture and discussion course in African area of current interest.  May be repeated for credit toward the major.  Prerequisite:  AAAS 103 or AAAS 105 or consent of instructor.
Satisfies:  Advanced Education Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42),  H Humanities (H) ,  World Civilization (W)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Yacine Daddi Addoun 3 69911  
Notes TuTh 11:00AM - 12:15PM   Smith 107 - LAWRENCE  

AAAS 320

African Studies In: History of the Islamic City ( 3 / AE42  / H / W ) Spring 2015
Lecture and discussion course in African area of current interest.  May be repeated for credit toward the major.  Prerequisite:  AAAS 103 or AAAS 105 or consent of instructor.
Satisfies:  Advanced Education Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42),  H Humanities (H) ,  World Civilization (W)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Heba Mostafa 3 67336  
Notes MW 9:30AM - 10:45AM  Spencer Ar 207 - LAWRENCE  

AAAS 433

Islamic Literature ( 3 / H / W / NW ) Spring 2015
This course focuses on literature that reflects Islamic culture from its inception to contemporary times. Beginning with attention to the importance of the spoken word in the establishment of Islam, course readings and lectures follow the place of literary works in confirming Islamic perspectives. Readings include selections from the Qur'an, classical works of poetry and narrative, and contemporary autobiography. Authors are from Africa and the region of the Golden Age of Islam, including the best known: al-Ghazali (d.1111 C.E.), Attar (d. circa 1193-1235), Ibn Arabi (d. 1240 C.E,), Rumi (d. 1273), Saadi (d.1291), Hafiz (d. 1389 C.E.), and Shah (contemporary), as well as readings by and about less well known Muslim women scholars and Sufis in all historical periods. Readings are all in English translations.
Satisfies:  H Humanities (H) ,  World Civilization (W), Non-Western Culture (NW)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Beverly Mack 3 61332  
Notes MW 11:00AM - 12:15PM  Lindley 401 - LAWRENCE  

AAAS 435

Muslim Women’s Autobiography ( 3 / N / W / NW ) Spring 2015
This course examines the realities of Muslim women's experiences as conveyed in their own voices. Works are drawn from all over the world, from Africa and the Middle East to Europe and the U.S. and cover the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Satisfies:  Natural Science (N) ,  World Civilization (W), Non-Western Culture (NW)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Beverly Mack 3 67333  
Notes MW 12:30PM - 1:45PM  Bailey 105 - LAWRENCE  

AAAS 543

Language and Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities ( 3 / AE42 / GE3S / H / NW ) Spring 2015
The course examines the links between language structure, patterns of use, language choice, and language attitudes in the diglossic and bi-lingual Arabic-speaking communities. It also explores language as a reflector and creator of Arab culture (e.g. linguistic encoding of politeness, the Quranic text as the spoken and written word, the role of tropes in Arabic rhetoric). The topics for discussion range from the micro-level language choice to the macro-level issues of national language policies and planning within the domain of government and education across the Arab world. (Same as LING 543.)
Satisfies:  Advanced Education Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42),  General Education Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S),  Humanities (H) ,  Non-Western Culture (NW)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Naima Boussofara 3 58823  
Notes TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM  Wescoe 4075 - LAWRENCE  

GIST 203/503

Topics in Middle Eastern Studies: History of the Islamic City ( 3 ) Spring 2015
An interdisciplinary study of topics related to the Middle East. Designed especially for freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit if content varies.
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Heba Mostafa 3 70224  
Notes MW 9:30AM - 10:45AM  Spencer Ar 207 - LAWRENCE  

HIST 481

From Harem to the Streets: Gender in the Middle East, 1900 - Present ( 3 / H ) Spring 2015
This reading-intensive seminar examines shifts in gender roles and expectations in the Middle East during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course begins with the importance of harem within Middle Eastern society, and traces Middle Eastern women's increasingly public presence in national movements, feminist activism, and peace protests as well as the impact of Western standards of marriage, child-rearing, beauty, and sexuality on gender roles. The course uses primary and secondary sources to analyze how gender identity is informed by religion and culture and grounded in specific historical moments.
Satisfies:  Humanities (H)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Marie Brown 3 58823  
Notes TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM  Blake 209 - LAWRENCE  

HIST 696

Middle East and the World ( 3 / AE61 / H ) Spring 2015
A seminar designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of historical inquiry. A research paper will be required. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of upper-class courses in history and completion of HIST 301 or consent of instructor.
Satisfies:  Advanced Education Goal 6 Outcome 1 (AE61), Humanities (H)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Marie Brown 3 60558  
Notes W 1:00PM - 3:30PM  Wescoe 3659 - LAWRENCE  

JWSH 300

Topics in Jewish Studies: Enemies of Ancient Israel ( 3 / H ) Spring 2015
Bad Guys of the Bible. An exploration of the social world of the Bible through its antagonists and their cultures. We will examine the so-called bad guys of the Bible using the lenses of history, archaeology, geography, and religion to better understand their cultures and how they are portrayed in the biblical text.
Satisfies:  Humanities (H)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Eric Welch 3 70327  
Notes MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM  Fraser 214 - LAWRENCE  

JWSH 300

Topics in Jewish Studies: Everyday Life in Modern Israel ( 3 / H ) Spring 2015
 
Satisfies:  Humanities (H)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Levy Gal 3 67375  
Notes Tu 2:30PM - 5:00PM  J R Pearso 145 - LAWRENCE  

JWSH 311

Narratives of Jewish Life ( 3 / AE42 / H ) Spring 2015
The course focuses on the narratives through which Jews made sense of their lives under the impact of the forces of modernity, beginning in the "old world," and moving through the 19th century and into the 20th. The goal is to analyze how the imagination of Jewish writers was captured by the changes in social structures such as new educational, residential and occupational opportunities, leading to increased interactions with the gentile society. Students read and discuss literary works based in the shtetl in revolutionary Russia, and in America. We will also look at memoirs and letters written by ordinary Jews. All assigned texts will be in English.
Satisfies:  Advanced Education Goal 4 Outcome 2, Humanities (H)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Renee Perelmutter 3 67366  
Notes MW 11:00AM - 12:15PM  Wescoe 4012 - LAWRENCE  

REL 404

Undergraduate Seminar in Religion: Islamic Law - Between Tradition and Modernity ( 3 / H ) Spring 2015
Topic, instructor, prerequisite and hours of credit to be announced in Schedule of Classes. Particular subject matter any given semester responding to student interest and taking advantage of special faculty competence. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects.
Satisfies:  Humanities (H)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Adham Hashesh 3 65516  
Notes MW 11:00AM - 12:15PM  Smith 107 - LAWRENCE  

REL 557

Modern Islamic Reform Movements ( 3 / H ) Spring 2015
This course examines movements of renewal and reform in the Islamic world today. Also studies the conditions that gave rise to calls for reform throughout the Muslim majority world, as well as the impact reform movements have had on the practices and beliefs of Muslims today.
Satisfies:  Humanities (H)
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #  
LEC Jacquelene Brinton 3 64837  
Notes TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM  Smith 107 - LAWRENCE  

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