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Section
Instructor
Term
Credits
Requirements
MENAS 490 — Proseminar on Iran, Turkey and the Gulf
Section 001, LEC
Iran,Turkey,Gulf

Instructor: O'Donnell,Thomas Wilfre; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 3

This course is an overview of the field of Near Eastern Studies, focusing on Iran, Turkey and the Gulf. Students become familiar with basic issues and problems in the field, as well as with the basic bibliography which pertains to these issues and problems.

MENAS 491 — Proseminar on the Arab World
Section 001, SEM
Modern Islamic Movements

Instructor: Knysh,Alexander D

WN 2007
Credits: 3

This course examines the rise and evolution of Islamic political movements in different areas of the Muslim world. After a brief introduction to Islam as a religious, cultural, and political tradition, the course will focus the phenomenon of so-called political Islam and political movements associated with it. The course will address their historical roots and ideological underpinnings. While the ideological premises shared by most Islamic movements are important, the course will also highlight the distinctive political and social strategies and agendas deployed by the participants in such movements in different regions. Special consideration will be given to the role of the political and social environments in which modern Islamic movements rise and evolve and which give them their distinct character. In addition to readings, course materials include recent films, lectures by guest speakers with expertise in different regional manifestations of political Islam, and a visit to an Islamic center in the Detroit Metro area.

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have a modicum of knowledge of Middle Eastern, Russian/Soviet and South Asian history and of Islamic religion.

Format: The coordinator of the course will lead discussions of reading assignments and moderate guest-speaker presentations in a seminar-like format.

MENAS 493 — Comparative Perspectives of the Middle East and North Africa
Section 001, LEC
Middle East Minorities. (Drop/Add deadline=Jan. 24).

Instructor: Hagen,Gottfried J

WN 2007
Credits: 1
Other: Minicourse

The aim of this course is to expose students to various UM faculty and outside experts on a particular theme. It is taught from a comparative perspective to introduce students to a range of historical periods, geographical areas, and methods for future study and research.

MENAS 495 — Senior Honors Thesis
Section 001, IND

WN 2007
Credits: 4
Other: Honors, Indpnt Study

To be taken in the senior year by students in the area concentration program on Near Eastern and North African Studies who have been admitted to the Honors Program. Two to three advisors should be chosen; the principal advisor must be a member of the faculty in whose field of expertise the thesis topic lies. The proposal for the thesis should be submitted by the end of the junior year.

Advisory Prerequisite: Open only to Honors concentrators with senior standing. permission of instructor.

MENAS 496 — Senior Honors Thesis
Section 001, IND

WN 2007
Credits: 3 — 4
Other: Honors, Indpnt Study

To be taken in the senior year by students in the area concentration program on Near Eastern and North African Studies who have been admitted to the Honors Program. Two to three advisors should be chosen; the principal advisor must be a member of the faculty in whose field of expertise the thesis topic lies. The proposal for the thesis should be submitted by the end of the junior year.

Advisory Prerequisite: Open only to Honors concentrators with senior standing. MENAS 495 is prerequisite to 496. Permission of instructor.

MENAS 591 — Interdisciplinary Middle East Topics Seminar
Section 001, SEM
Arab-Israel Conflict

Instructor: Stanzler,Jeffrey Adam

WN 2007
Credits: 3

This class is based on a computer-mediated simulation that engages middle school and high school students in exploring the Arab-Israeli Conflict through participating in it themselves. Students in high schools in Michigan, elsewhere in the US, and even outside the U.S. could be interacting with one another, and with you, over the course of the term. University student "mentors" (that's you) facilitate this diplomatic simulation (in which we create a scenario that becomes the "reality" of our world) and serve as gatekeepers, pushing the students to act in ways that are in keeping with the beliefs/constraints that the person they are portraying would hold and operate under. There is a complex structure in place for them to communicate with others, to issue press releases and otherwise express their interests and trade influence, and finally to introduce possible new actions into the simulated world. All of this is done with the support and with the assistance of the mentors.

Fundamentally, the exercise is an attempt to give students a tangible window into the diplomatic process, with it's slow, thorny inner-workings. This course, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (AIC) simulation itself, are based on the idea that the most meaningful learning often happens when one is actively engaged in a purposeful activity. By participating in AIC as a mentor, we hope that you will get a chance to think deeply about (among other things) how people learn to take diverse perspectives, what it takes to foster thoughtful discourse, and the nature of diplomacy itself.

AIC is also a project in the School of Education, and part of its purpose is to develop new ways that technology can support meaningful learning experiences with high school students. Within the context of the seminar, then, we start with a basic grounding in the history of the conflict, and then move on to figuring out how to let that grounding inform your ongoing efforts to both support and challenge the student participants.

Advisory Prerequisite: Upperclass standing; concentration in MENAS, NES or other fields with main interest in Middle Eastern Studies.

MENAS 591 — Interdisciplinary Middle East Topics Seminar
Section 002, SEM
Place out of time

Instructor: Stanzler,Jeffrey Adam
Instructor: Fahy,Michael A

WN 2007
Credits: 3

This is a seminar for students beginning graduate study of the Middle East and North Africa. It introduces them to a broad range of disciplinary approaches and methodologies. The course concentrates on different areas and problems each year.

Advisory Prerequisite: Upperclass standing; concentration in MENAS, NES or other fields with main interest in Middle Eastern Studies.

MENAS 591 — Interdisciplinary Middle East Topics Seminar
Section 004, SEM
Iran,Turkey,Gulf

Instructor: O'Donnell,Thomas Wilfre; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 3

This course is an overview of the field of Near Eastern Studies, focusing on Iran, Turkey and the Gulf. Students become familiar with basic issues and problems in the field, as well as with the basic bibliography which pertains to these issues and problems.

Advisory Prerequisite: Upperclass standing; concentration in MENAS, NES or other fields with main interest in Middle Eastern Studies.

MENAS 595 — Directed Reading in Near Eastern and North African Studies
Section 001, IND

WN 2007
Credits: 1 — 3

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

 
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