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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Course Descriptions

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41440 • EL BAROUNI, RADWA M
Meets MWF 800am-900am MEZ 1.206
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41445 • Schroepfer, Jason
Meets MWF 900am-1000am MEZ 1.206
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41450 • Mendoza, Michael
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 1.206
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41455 • Cooper, Ethan
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.206
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41460 • Turner, Michael
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.206
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41465 • Mohammad, Mohammad
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm MEZ 1.206
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41470 • Al-Batal, Mahmoud
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.122
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This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41475 • Stokes, Phillip W.
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.208
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This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41480 • Mendoza, Michael
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.216
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This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 327K • Adv Spoken Media Arabic I

41485 • Housen, Ghada
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.210
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This the first of a two-course sequence. The objective of both classes is to train advanced students with interest in Middle Eastern and Arab current affairs in print and electronic media in the Arab world. Although the nuances of reporting and speaking publicly will be explored in detail, the course is an Arabic-as-a-foreign-language one. The ultimate objective of the course is for students to be able to conduct a press conference entirely in Arabic. The students will gain deep expertise in and about the Arabic media. We will be looking into the interplay between language, political culture and cultural identity. The course will focus on the two language skills: public speaking and 'public' listening. Students will read, listen to and view authentic and current materials from different Arab media sources, notably Al-Jazeera, BBC, Youtube, etc., and some select commentaries by some interesting columnists in the Arabic Press.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 531K • Intensive Arabic V

41505 • Brustad, Kristen
Meets MF 900am-1000am GAR 0.132
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This course is the fifth semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part Two with DVDs 

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 531K • Intensive Arabic V

41510 • Housen, Ghada
Meets MF 200pm-300pm MEZ 1.102
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This course is the fifth semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part Two with DVDs 

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

ARA 360L • Sci-Fi/Utopia In Arab Culture

41515 • El-Ariss, Tarek
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.122
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If you have ever been to Egypt, it’s likely that you have heard the expression bash muhandis or ya handasa, literally meaning “Architect Pasha” or “Engineer Pasha.” This title is more important than those of doctor, general, and perhaps even president. What is it about the architect, builder, or engineer that captures so powerfully Egyptian and Arab imagination? In what way can one explain the primacy of this profession in bestowing respect and honor beyond its work context? What does it mean to build or imagine a new society or a new future? How could building also be used for purposes of suppression, separation, and confinement? Conducted in Arabic, this interdisciplinary course traces the notion of muhandiss (engineer, architect) to the Pharaohs, builders of the pyramids, but also to the French Saint-Simonian engineers who built the Suez Canal and the infrastructure of modern Egypt in the 19th century. The course will argue that the order of architects, which has given rise to Free Masonry and ample conspiracy theories surrounding it, is intimately tied to a utopian conception of the state and society. This conception has seen its dystopian moment with the 9/11 engineers (including Mohammed Atta) who planned and conducted the attacks on New York and Washington DC in the name of a larger if not divine architectural scheme. The discourse on “building” here becomes tied to terror and fundamentalism, transforming the builder into destroyer.

This course approaches engineering and building both as profession and as utopia for a new social and political order in the Arab world. Expressed in specific projects such as Solidere in Beirut, these schemes are also imagined in Sci Fi and futuristic literature and film. We will read selections from Abd al-Rahman al-Munif’s Cities of Salt, Sophia al-Maria’s The Girl who Fell to Earth, Noura Noman’s Ajwan, Khaled Tawfiq’s Utopia, and Arabian Nights (“Julnar the Sea-Born,” a precursor to the myth of Atlantis). We will also examine the question of utopia in the philosophical writings of Al-Farabi (The Virtuous City) and Francis Fathallah Marrash (Forest of Truth), and in films by Larissa Sansour, Ali Cherri, Simone Bitton, and Joanna Hajithomas and Khalil Joreige.Texts & Grading

To be determined by instructor.

ARA 360L • The Arab Spring

41518 • Al-Batal, Mahmoud
Meets MW 1200pm-130pm CAL 422
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This content-based course aims to examine the evolution of the “Arab Spring” from its inception in January 2011 to the present. In this course we will

  • discuss the “Arab Spring” phenomenon and the popular mobilization that triggered it,
  • discuss the current state of the Arab Spring and the different transformations it has undergone in the various countries that experienced it,
  • explore the multitude of viewpoints and positions throughout the Arab world regarding the Arab Spring and its present and future,
  • study the various manifestations of the Arab Spring in the political, economic, and social spheres as well as in the media and the arts, and
  • help participants in class develop their Arabic language skills through extensive immersion in the content.

The course is intended for advanced-level students of Arabic and will be conducted entirely in Arabic.

Requirements:

To enroll in this course, you need Advanced level of proficiency in Arabic (the equivalent of 3 years of Arabic at UT). Non-UT students need to take an Arabic placement exam before enrolling.

Readings:

We will utilize a wide variety of texts (written, audio, and video) that will be made available to students on Canvas.

Final Grade Calculation

Class preparation and participation                                   25%

Leading class discussion (once per semester)                   5%

Preparing bi-weekly vocabulary lists                                 20%

Bi-weekly commentaries on the readings                          25%

Final project (paper + video presentation)                                   25%

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