What is the difference between a [Thawrah] (revolution), an [‘Inqil’b Sha’ab’] (popular led-coup) and an [‘Intif”ah] (uprising)? Was the 2011 “Arab Spring” the first time that people in the Arab world had revolted against their governments? Were the 1977 bread “riots” in Egypt an [‘Intif”ah] or revolution that was quelled promptly ? How does the 1958 coup in Iraq compare to the coup there five years later in 1963 or other coups across the Arab world? What were the role of the Amazigh in North Africa in rebelling against colonialism? In this course, we will be looking transnationally at the different revolutions, uprisings and coups that have taken place in the Arab world in its modern history. Through a variety of medium, the course will explore the socio-political and economic factors that resulted in these instances in history and the effects thereof. We will also be looking at the cultural production that flourished after revolutions, coups and uprisings from the blatantly propagandist to the nuanced and subversive! The course will be entirely in Arabic and aims to take participants from intermediate high to the advanced-mid/high level according to ACTFL standards. The course will be engaging with and developing, on a weekly basis all five language skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking and cultural proficiency and will focus on the language functions that are required at this level. This writing intensive course will consist of multiple forms of evaluation such as participation, debates, presentations, a mid-term video project and an end of year writing project.
The Class: Format: seminar; flipped classroom
Requirements/Evaluation: writing assignments, participation, debates, presentations, a mid-term video project, and an end of year writing project
Prerequisites: having done three years of Arabic language and preferably time abroad
Enrollment Preferences: seniors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: Students will be expected to write 5-6 essays during the term, each of which consists of two drafts, in addition to a 5-page end of term paper. The focus in the essays in addition to knowledge of the subject matter, will be syntax, style, cohesion, development of arguments, and collocations. Prompt and detailed feedback will be given for both drafts to ensure improvement.
DPE Notes: The course will include material about multiple countries and their peoples in the Arab world while also being attentive to minorities and their status.