The course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese. Students will be familiarized with the language and some aspects of Chinese culture through systematic introduction of Chinese sound system (pinyin), basic grammar structure, character, and short passages or dialogues dealing with different topics related to the Chinese daily life, using audiovisual materials. Students will be exposed to basic vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills. Understanding of 200 characters related to daily life and school life and mastery 100 common Chinese characters are targeted in the course.
The course is a continuation of course CHIN 101. It is designed to enhance the four basic skills acquired in the previous course. Students will read texts about the Chinese language and culture faster and with more confidence. They will be able to describe and exchange more information in essential topic, acquire preliminary cross-cultural awareness and expand international perspectives. Emphasis will also be placed on the introduction of Chinese character writing and some elementary calligraphy, reading and writing. Understanding of 400 characters related to daily life and school life and mastery of 200 common Chinese characters are the specific objective of the course.
This course is designed to improve student’s communicative ability as well as grammatical accuracy by adding more complex, literary grammatical structures, as well as the discussion of contemporary cultural and political themes. Understanding of 600 characters and mastery of 300 common Chinese characters are the specific objective of the course.
The course is a continuation of the course CHIN 201. It is designed to enhance the four basic skills acquired in the previous course. Students will be able to use complex grammatical structures and sentence patterns to communicate on most familiar topics through interaction and description. They can compose brief passages to express themselves clearly and their Chinese cultural knowledge are enhanced through more reading. Understanding of 800 characters and mastery of 400 common Chinese characters are the specific objective of the course.
This course is an intensive introduction course for students who wish to build a solid foundation for the study of Chinese language and culture. It aims to develop students’ appreciation and awareness of Chinese culture through 12 themed topics from a historical perspective. It will engage students in the exploration of various aspects of Chinese cultures, such as Chinese literature, Chinese festival, etc. through different instructional materials such as textbooks, ppt slides, sound and video clips, films, excerpted written texts…. This course will be taught exclusively in English for better understanding of Chinese culture and customs.
This course is designed for students with certain background in Chinese language and who are interested in doing business in or with China. It is a language course which aims to enhance students’ language skills under the context of business communication and promote their understanding of Chinese business environment and culture. This course will cover 12 units of business situation modules to describe the entire process and each phase of business activities. Each unit is divided into six sections, namely Cultural tip, Words and Expressions, Practice makes perfect, Dialogues, Practice activities and Practical Chinese.
This course is designed for non-native Mandarin speakers who have attained a fairly good mastery of basic Mandarin Chinese. It sharpens students’ speech making, reading and writing skills through advanced Chinese readings on culture, civilization and society, with an emphasis on vocabulary, grammar and syntax. It also enhances students’ cultural knowledge and awareness through a variety of carefully designed practices and activities. This course is taught predominantly in Chinese. Credit Hours: 3.000
This course is designed for students who would like to pursue further study of Chinese Language and Culture after finishing the core courses of CHIN 101 to CHIN 202. The guiding principle for designing this course is to help students understand the breadth of Chinese culture and its importance to human civilization. It covers 12 topics with Chinese language and culture through short passages or dialogues related to Chinese daily lives, which are arranged from elementary to advanced hierarchy. In each of the lessons, it’s divided into knowledge section including characters, words and phrases, key sentences and activities, and culture window, in which the history or other background knowledge, idioms and proverbs are included. This course is taught predominantly in Chinese.
A practical and comparative overview of old and new research methods, with special attention to individual case studies and resources in the humanities and social sciences. Issues of field expertise, interdisciplinary, collaboration, qualitative/quantitative paradigms and data generation and use, as well as archival, laboratory and community work are considered along with questions of epistemology and ethics.
This course focuses on the critical thinking, reading and writing needed to evaluate, write and discuss texts/papers and research proposals at postgraduate level. Students develop their ability to recognize and discuss ideas by relating generalization to supporting ideas and identifying the patterns into which ideas are structured.
Drawing first from the classic repertoire and then exploring the modern theatre, students will read a selection of works that will first expose them to the ways in which writers have envisioned their plays and the societal contexts from which these plays emerged. The next challenge will be to research how these plays were directed and the responses garnered by either reviews or by critical analysis. This approach will be complimented by the staging of certain scenes from the selected plays in order to give students a practical experience as to how the text is transformed from literature to performance.
This course will explore both the theoretical and practical component aspects of questions such as What are the seminal dramatic texts of the 20th century? What are the social, political, topical and cultural issues that have been expressed through the dramatic medium? What is the connection between the text and the execution of the dramatic material and how does a play provide the bridge between a society and its analysis of itself?. Drawing first from the classic repertoire and then exploring the modern theatre, students will read a selection of works that will first expose them to the ways in which writers have envisioned their plays and the societal contexts from which these plays emerged.
This course takes place in the first semester of the fourth year and covers preparation for production from script selection and writing to the technical aspects of production progressing towards performance. It is primarily the preparatory course for the practicum and will include the roles involved in stage production, the writing of scripts as educational material, full-scale production or traveling theatre for schools. There will be visits to theatres to see theatre in action if it can be arranged.
This course will examine the fundamentals of both theatre-in-education (TIE) and drama-in-education (DIE). Students will explore how social, topical, political and cultural issues, be they historical or contemporary, can be illuminated and made three-dimensional though the use of recreation, mimesis, role-playing and drama.
This course will use the work of contemporary Arab playwrights, in translation, to illustrate the playwriting process. There will a strong emphasis on interpretation through dramatic reading and performance. Visits to Sharjah Theatre Festival and/or other performance venues will be arranged.
This the culmination of the sequence of courses and involves the real-life outcomes in terms of planning, production, performance and self-evaluation, reflecting the gamut of skills and knowledge acquired by the student throughout the Drama Track. Specifically it builds on Fundamentals of Stage Production.
The stylistic course will approach literary texts from different stylistic perspectives providing significant insights into literary interpretation and hermeneutics of style. The course will identify the pivotal concepts and most significant analytical frameworks in language and stylistics studies. Literary and non-literary texts will be examined within the joint parameters of literary criticism and stylistic analysis to integrate theory and practice. The course will also introduce the major principles of stylistic research within contemporary theories on style culminating in the analysis of language integral to literary texts in the three genres of poetry, prose and drama in addition to other non-literary discourses. As an application of stylistic theory to literary texts the course will methodically explore current trends in research on the intersection between language and literature.
This course examines linguistic and cultural diversity in the English-speaking world. Through the study of literary and non-literary texts and their cultural contexts, students will gain insights into different forms and functions of language use, and into relationships between English and the indigenous languages of Terranglia. The development of English as a global language is the point of departure for these inquiries.
This course examines the development of Modern English from its earliest roots. Students will trace the changes and the continuity of English language use in speaking and writing, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The nexus between language change and evolving concepts of Englishness deserves special attention throughout the debates, which simultaneously look to explain the growing significance English has gained across contemporary societies.
Every PhD student must pass a Comprehensive Examination (CE) designed to evaluate the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of his or her discipline, as well as the student’s scholarly potential. The CE consists of a written and an oral part and will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by an examination committee from the student’s concerned department. It must be taken before the start of the student’s fifth semester in the program. Students taking the CE must be in good academic standing after completion of the required coursework. The CE may be repeated only once, no later than the end of the student’s fifth semester. A second unsuccessful attempt leads to immediate termination of the student’s enrollment in the PhD program. The CE course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Student prepares a concise and complete Research Proposal that clearly defines the research problem and objectives, and outlines the research methodology and a plan that the student will follow for the dissertation work. The proposal should be completed under the direction of the student’s supervisor and must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The proposal’s content and format must follow the PhD Research Proposal Preparation Guidelines issued by the College of Graduate Studies. The Research Proposal course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Student conducts high quality academic research under the direction of his/her supervisor. Student and supervisor shall meet on regular basis and discuss progress and issues related to the student’s dissertation research. Furthermore, the student writes an annual report based on a meeting with supervisor and Advisory Committee, in which a review is conducted to determine progress, identify problems, and project dates for completion of various tasks. The research shall represent original contribution to human knowledge in the particular academic field and is presented in a written research dissertation of a publishable standard. The document shall also demonstrate the candidate’s acquaintance with the literature of the field and the proper selection and execution of research methodology. The physical form of the dissertation must comply with the regulations stated in the Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guidelines, issued by the College of Graduate Studies.
Student defends his/her research dissertation in the form of an oral presentation in a public session, followed by a closed session, before a Dissertation Examination Committee, which includes internal and external examiners. The outcome of the overall evaluation of the dissertation is based on two main parts: (1) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation document and (2) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation defense. The final result shall be one of the following: (1) Approve dissertation as presented, (2) Approved with minor revisions, (3) Re-examine after making major revisions, or (4) Rejection of dissertation and dismissal. The Dissertation Defense course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
This course studies forms of literary classicism in various periods and traditions. Students will become acquainted with the roots of classicism in Greek and Roman antiquity, and then analyze the roles of Classical heritage in Europe and other parts of the world. Considerations of neo- as well as anti-classicism will supplement investigations of classicisms in non-European contexts such as Arabic or East Asian cultures.
This course provides a comparative study of the rise and development of modernism in the 20th century, both in the so-called West and in parts of the world not usually included in this category. Considerations based on text analysis challenge the conventional assumption that modernism is born in and confined to the West. Studies of modernism in the East and in the “developing world” suggest an understanding of modernism as a global literary movement.
This course provides grounds for critical reflection on the development of literary criticism. Understanding the main characteristics of movements such as formalism, structuralism, post-structuralism, post-colonial and gender-based criticism will lead to the recognition of their intersections on the one hand, and to detailed scrutiny of selected samples on the other. Specific jargon and technical terms distinguish theoretical discourse from the language studied in seminars revolving around primary sources.
Every PhD student must pass a Comprehensive Examination (CE) designed to evaluate the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of his or her discipline, as well as the student’s scholarly potential. The CE consists of a written and an oral part and will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by an examination committee from the student’s concerned department. It must be taken before the start of the student’s fifth semester in the program. Students taking the CE must be in good academic standing after completion of the required coursework. The CE may be repeated only once, no later than the end of the student’s fifth semester. A second unsuccessful attempt leads to immediate termination of the student’s enrollment in the PhD program. The CE course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript
This course offers an intensive introduction to university-level reading and writing while also including verbal presentation and practice. It emphasizes comprehension (reading and listening for understanding), classification (identifying elements, strategies, and disciplines), and articulation (speaking and writing to communicate knowledge). Assessments will include quizzes, in-class writing, short essays, and presentations.
This course is designed to activate the beginning student's passive language base and make him/her more conscious of the basic formal workings of grammar in English. Emphasis is on grammar use in oral and written communication.
This course focuses on enhancing listening and speaking skills for academic purposes. Through the use of recorded lectures from a variety of academic disciplines, the course provides instruction and practice in accurate and concise note taking and in the recognition of key components to an academic lecture. Students also receive instruction and practice in formal oral presentation skills which incorporate the use of visual media.
This course gives students a solid background in the writing process by focusing on the conventions of academic discourse and genre. It covers the rhetorical principles used to produce clear, well-reasoned argument and the academic conventions of style, cohesion and mechanical correctness. Assignments are based on readings in and discussions of literature, language and society.
This course builds on the concerns of Writing 1 with increasingly sophisticated readings and assignments. It focuses on the critical evaluation of rhetorical principles used in persuasive papers, recognition and evaluation of arguments, effective conventions of style, cohesion, coherence, citation and mechanical correctness. Assignments are based on discussions of authentic sources in literature, language and society.
This course focuses on developing, organizing, writing and editing materials appropriate for professional and/or advanced academic use. You will learn and practice elements of effective writing for professional purposes, and be able to demonstrate the ability to a) write critically for purposes unique to your career objectives and b) present that material in context-appropriate ways, either for presentation or circulation. This course is designed for students with clear career goals and expectations to enter professional life within the year.
This course provides students with core knowledge, attitudes and skills to help them succeed in their lives and careers and to enhance their capacity for teamwork, leadership and innovation that will help them to successfully guide the economic, social and cultural development of the UAE.
This course will explore World Literature with an emphasis on the concept of Diaspora. This concept is relevant for the literary representation of, for example, Arab communities outside the Middle East. Diasporic literature foregrounds questions of cultural identity, and the choice of language often plays a crucial role. Close readings of selected texts will scrutinize the ways in which a sense of location, notions of home and exile, and cross-cultural interaction are portrayed.
This course investigates one of the most important movements in the global literary history of recent centuries. A critical overview of definitions and accounts of romanticism derives from readings of selected primary texts. A major focus of discussion will be the question to what extent a transnational or even a universal concept derives from romanticism’s encounters with realism/s. Inquiries revolve around the use of language in these distinct yet complimentary literary styles.
At a time when anti-humanist postmodernist approaches have inflicted a great damage on literary studies by questioning the very notion of a humanist Renaissance, this course focuses not only on the European Renaissance and on the Renaissance of Islamic civilization with which it had immediate and direct links as a powerful precursor, but also on similar cultural movements in other parts of the world. The course will explore in detail the literary aspect of these renaissances.
This course examines poetic practice in different cultures and periods, in relation to descriptive as well as normative aspects of relevant theories. Students will explore the dialectics between Poetry as it is written and read, and Poetics as the conceptualization of what the essence of poetry is, and what poetry can or should be. The inquiry illuminates the concept of poetic language.
This course examines fiction in relation to other forms of narrative discourse. Students will explore the relationship between fictional storytelling and historical, cultural, or ideological narratives and their functions in constituting communal identities, as well as in underpinning diverse hierarchic and hegemonic claims or practices. Selected texts will demonstrate original prosaic use of language.
This course gives students a thorough foundation of drama and dramatic theory within a range of regions including, but not limited to British, American, Arab, African, and/or Asian. As one of the earliest forms of artistic literary expression, drama provides a visual insight into a culture. Students will gain an understanding of performance and learn how to apply theoretical frameworks to plays of the period. They will further comprehend theatrical elements of language such as dialogue and oratory.
This course analyses ways in which cinematography, editing and other basic elements of filmmaking allow for the telling of stories on screen. Selected films from different industries illustrate milestones in film history, different genres in cinema, and the capability of movies to represent and shape culture. Students will understand the basic vocabulary for film analysis, along with the unique team effort that successful film production requires.
This course will provide students with the analytical skills needed to critique the literature and culture of a given population. Popular culture, folklore, and songs for example, are important rhetorical components of society that are usually not produced in written format, but are nonetheless important to contemporary literary critics. This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the expansion of the word “text” from book to include other items of analysis.
In this course students will have an opportunity to analyze the theoretical concerns, foundational texts, and critical discourses of women voices in speeches, fiction, poetry, drama, film, and essays. Literary works by women have often been pushed to the margins and in this course we aim to move women from the margin to the center. This course may focus on particular trailblazers and trendsetters, a geographical region, or a historical tradition established by women intellectuals.
Students consider writing and reading strategies, starting with the concrete, then progressing from representation to image. The student will study composition and rhetoric, theory of composition, essays that express contingencies of the theme (representations of global economy), and documentaries. Written language is complemented by oral language in various stages of the process and in editing. Concentration is on transition from narrative to argument.
This course will expose students to various forms of biographical and autobiographical writings, as well as to the concept of the bildungsroman. The major products of this course will be a personal diary, as well as a family history and/or a biography of someone beyond the student's personal circle of acquaintances.
This course will encourage students of English to explore and develop their talents as creative writers. The UAE has a strong tradition of fiction, poetry and story telling, and this course will endeavour to draw out both student's excellent sense of historicity and their innate ability in fiction and poetry. The process of discovering how fiction is created will provide them with a more intimate knowledge of the English language and empower them to express themselves more fully.
Students start with the assumptions of personas in the worlds of business, government, society, health, law, education etc. They will learn to write texts via assuming the reality of a profession or business that they wish to pursue. The memos, letters, job applications, reports, and feasibility studies that they write will grow out of the company, agency or organization they fictitiously represent. Students will learn the relationships between texts and the existential actualities of human life, politics, societies and events.
The Practicum in Professional Writing is in effect the capstone of all the Thematic Applications (Writing) courses. It is a supervised working-and-learning experience in professional writing, editing, correspondence, and research under the supervision of a University faculty member and an employer (a participating company and/or governmental agency). A minimum of 12, maximum of 20 hours a week of a student's time is expected during the academic semester.
This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of French language. It introduces them to listening and speaking skills for business and academic purposes. Listening is a receptive process that develops comprehension of oral French. Speaking is an interactive process in which students learn to communicate and react properly in real-life contexts. The course aims to develop a competency in spoken French by teaching students listening and speaking strategies and through appropriate application of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.
The course is designed for students with no prior or limited knowledge of French. The students will be familiarized with the language and the culture through short dialogues, short texts and reports dealing with different topics related to French daily life, using audiovisual material, thus allowing the acquisition in situation of the basis of vocabulary, grammar and communication skills. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar and culture through a balanced development of the four skill.
As a continuation of French Language and Culture I, the course will give a global approach to the culture through authentic documents and longer texts presenting French culture and customs, while allowing long-term memorization, reuse of language fundamentals, as well as implementation of a spoken and written competence. The learning of vocabulary, structures and grammar will be integrated into the various situations in which students will be required to function but will not be isolated in a separate strand
The goal of the course is to develop the competence in spoken French already gained in the course "Listening and Speaking" and to help students use this competence in working on different oral forms like conversations or interviews. The work will consist of oral comprehension and expression in interaction (in the form of debates or dialogue) based on authentic audio documents.
The course is designed for students with limited knowledge of French (not absolute beginners). They will develop a written French competence by acquiring efficient reading and writing strategies, and using simple, correct, and appropriate vocabulary and grammar. The work will consist of comprehension of documents dealing with daily life and customs. Students are expected to master basic written communication with proper punctuation, language level, and a given form. Emphasis will also be placed on the mastering of French grammar.
The course aims to develop written French competence gained in "Reading and Writing". The work consists of comprehension and guided analysis of authentic texts, dealing with topics on France and the francophone world (work, studies, transports, institutions, daily life, cultural and artistic life). Students will also be trained to identify intentions and opinions expressed in a written document and to express in writing an attitude or a personal statement over a basic topic of discussion.
After the study of standard French, this course will introduce students to the basic theoretical principles of translation. Attention will be paid to vocabulary, intelligent use of a dictionary, and inferring word-meanings from context. The course provides practice for translating and proposes selected texts which provide a variety of subject matter and style, in addition to being relevant to the students' interests and needs.
This course will develop students’ translating ability by exposing them to a large range of texts. Topics for translation will become include economics, business, culture, sociology, literature, etc. Special emphasis will be laid on rhetorical/textual and stylistic differences between French and other languages. The course is designed to familiarize students with specific uses of French in different situations. This course will introduce students to the skills and technological competencies that will be required for future work in each area.
This course will introduce visual language, focusing on formal structures of film such as photography, framing, camera movement, staging, mise-en-scene, literary design, sound design, editing, acting, and scenic art design. It will also address the use of film as a conveyor of cultural information through genre, gender representation and film movements, using basic film theories.
This course will provide an overview of national film traditions around the world and how they reflect the concerns of their respective societies on a social, political and cultural level. National cinemas will be viewed historically, theoretically and critically, and will focus on Third World Cinemas and the major film industries.
This course studies the history of animated filmmaking, and trains students to create their own short animation movie. Sequences of images in temporal succession can already be found in ancient Egyptian murals. Following the invention of the magic lantern, flip books and finally the cinematograph, early ‘trick films’ slowly developed into cartoons, such as Walt Disney interpretations of popular fairy tales. Distinctly different styles and themes have been popularized in other industries, for example in Japan. Computer-generated imagery was introduced by Toy Story in the early 90s and has since become widespread entertainment. Several web pages and specific software now assist in the production of animation movies. With a focus on practical application, students in this course learn about the main stages in the development of this unique genre.
Students will learn to draw on personal experiences to create characters and stories. They will also analyze and apply the art of adaptation. The skills developed in the course will be utilized to generate short film scripts.
Students will apply the aesthetic and cultural principles previously covered and produce their own scripts. Emphasis will be on cultivating a creative identity, further developing story ideas and generating short scripts, completing the pre-production for future script filming.
This course, designed to be delivered in conjunction with the Program of Arabic Language and Literature, will provide an overview of Arab societies as they are reflected in their cinematic traditions historically, theoretically and critically.
The course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of German. Students will become familiar with German language and culture through short passages or dialogues related to standard situations encountered in Germany, using audiovisual material. The course does not only teach basic language skills, but also builds up vocabulary, conveys basic grammatical rules and concepts, and fosters communication skills. The attention paid to each of the four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, is carefully attuned to the goal of creating a balanced competence profile.
The course continues to build up the four basic language skills. Students will read language texts about Germany’s language and culture faster and with more confidence. The course will adopt a communicative approach allowing students to formulate their own arguments about German culture, and document this in writing. While listening and speaking are at the centre of the curriculum, the course will also contain rigorous materials related to central grammatical properties of contemporary German.
Moving beyond the basic acquisition stage, this course helps improve student competence and introduces them to more high-level registers of the language. Compound and complex sentences will be emphasized and grammatical categories of contemporary German will be discussed and related to materials acquired previously. In spite of a greater focus on complex syntax and textual materials, all four language skills, i.e. listening, speaking, reading, and writing, will continue to be developed in an integrated fashion.
This course fosters active communication skills in order to further develop communicative competence in spoken German. Using authentic materials from a variety of sources, students analyze media audiovisual and text-based reports in the target language, engage in discussion, and present written arguments in the target language. The work consists of oral comprehension based on authentic audio documents. Students will be introduced to key tools for vocabulary building and interacting with target-language texts.
Unlike the previous courses, this course provides an introduction to contemporary German culture, which is explored in a comparative perspective. Germany’s recent history, society and political system will receive adequate coverage, as will highlights of both its traditional and its contemporary cultural production in a narrower sense. On the basis of mass media sources, fiction, folklore, commercials, and promotional material, the students will gain authentic insights into what contemporary Germany is about, while further developing their language skills.
The course aim to develop the written German competence and using it in different forms: text reformulation, text précis and document synthesis. The work consists of comprehension, guided analysis and reformulation of authentic texts, dealing with topics on Germany (work, studies, transports, institutions, daily life, cultural and artistic life). Various text types will be covered, including newspaper articles & reports, online resources and short stories. Students will exercise skills of discussion and presentation and express their views and make comparisons.
After the study of standard German, this course will introduce students to the basic theoretical principles of translation, with particular attention paid to the pragmatic, syntactic and lexical peculiarities of the language. Attention will be paid to vocabulary, intelligent use of a dictionary, and inferring word-meanings from context. The course provides practice for translating and proposes selected texts which provide a variety of subject matter and style, in addition to being relevant to the students’ interests and needs.
This course is an extension of Introduction to Translation. It will develop students’ translating ability by introducing them to a large range of texts. Topics for translation from and into German will become more varied and include economics, business, culture, sociology, without excluding literary texts. Special emphasis will be laid on the rhetorical, textual and stylistic differences between German and other languages.
The course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Korean. Students will be familiarized with the language and the culture through short passages or dialogues dealing with different topics related to the Korean daily life, using audiovisual material. It is designed to allow students to acquire, not only the basic language skills, but also the basic vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills. Complex sentences and grammar will be covered while the basics are reviewed. Balancing four language skills -- listening, speaking, reading, and writing is emphasized.
The course is a continuation of KOR 100. It is designed to enhance the four basic skills acquired in the previous course. . Students will read texts about the Korean language and the culture faster and with more confidence. They will also be taught how to write and argue about different topics related to the Korean culture. Skills such as vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills will be emphasized. Emphasis will also be placed on the simple sentence, while balancing the listening and speaking aspects of the language.
After students learn the basic skills, this course is designed to help students improve their competence and move them into a higher level. Compound and complex sentences will be emphasized and the Korean grammatical categories will be discussed in the light of the basics they learned. While the focus will be on the compound and complete sentences along with the grammatical categories of the Korean language, emphasis will be placed on the four language skills, i.e. listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
The course is designed to develop students’ competence in spoken Korean language via active skills of conversation. Students work on various oral forms such as arguments, media reports, etc. The work consists of oral comprehension based on authentic audio documents. Students will be encouraged to build up their own vocabularies and master techniques of reporting and synthesizing a text.
After students develop their listening, speaking and writing skills, they will be introduced to a higher level of reading and writing. Cultural concepts will be introduced. Students will be asked to write about different aspects of the Korean culture, compared to their own. Emphasis will be placed on a deeper level of understanding Korea and its people. Korean socio cultural issues will be discussed such as mass media sources, fiction, folklore, commercials, promotional material, etc.
This course is to advance students' reading and writing skills to the higher level and to promote a better understanding of the Korean language, culture, society, and history. Emphasis will be placed on reading and understanding. Readings cover various types of texts such as newspaper articles, news reports, literary short stories, etc. Emphasis will also be placed on discussion and presentation skills in formal settings such as academic and professional settings.
After the study of standard Korean, this course will introduce students to the basic theoretical principles of translation. Attention will be paid to vocabulary, intelligent use of a dictionary, and inferring word-meanings from context. The course provides practice for translating and proposes selected texts which provide a variety of subject matter and style, in addition to being relevant to the students’ interests and needs.
This course is an extension of Introduction to Translation. It will develop students’ translating ability by introducing them to a large range of texts. Topics for translation from or into Korean will become more varied and include economics, business, culture, sociology, etc. (literary texts will not be excluded). Special emphasis will be laid on the rhetorical/textual and stylistic differences between Korean and other languages.
This course introduces beginners to the three major genres of literature: poetry, fiction, and drama. It acquaints them with the basic concepts and terms with which to discuss literature. The course covers a wide selection of texts from all periods.
This course emphasizes the techniques and methods essential to writing a thoughtful, carefully written, and well-designed essay. It comprises three main foci in terms of the principal structural states of the unified essay: the beginning, the body, and the conclusion.
This course is designed to introduce students to English literature from the Elizabethan period through the twentieth century and will focus on the development of various literary genres, as well as on the works of the most significant literary figures.
This course is designed to introduce students to American literature from the 17th through the twentieth centuries, focusing on major figures, differing literary genres, and shifting definitions of national identity.
This course is intended to make students knowledgeable and effective at using the computer and library resources for producing a complete research paper. The focus of this course is also on other areas of professional writing, such as descriptive and analytical bibliography, note-taking, editing and rewriting of manuscripts, literature reviewing, and the ethics of documenting a paper.
This course acquaints students with the various forms of literature produced by the major dramatists (e.g. Shakespeare), poets (particularly the Metaphysical poets), and prose writers (e.g. Sidney and Bacon) as well as with the cultural background of Elizabeth Literature.
This course introduces students to the romantic Movement and the literature of the Victorian period, including poetry, fiction, and essays.
This course examines key writers of this century, with an emphasis on thematic and stylistic analysis and with an attempt to understand the ways in which literature in the last century responded to critical cultural, economic and political forces.
This course focuses on major writers whose texts appeared in the Twentieth Century and on the genres and movements within which they worked.
This course introduces students to current digital research and creative digital work. Students receive an introduction to trends in the expanding field of digital humanities and apply selected techniques in hands-on workshops and projects throughout the course. Students will also practice (and experiment with) the covered digital concepts and topics in creative ways in various kinds of assignments. The course encourages the exploration of a wide range of digital genres and venues, such as blogs, game narratives, and electronic literature.
This course examines twentieth-century and contemporary literature originally produced in languages other than English. Students will have access to primary texts in English translations.
This course examines twentieth-century and contemporary literature produced in such locations as Ireland, India, the Caribbean, Canada, Africa, by writers who are both participating in and reacting against the conventions and assumptions of English and American literature.
This course investigates the role of literature from early childhood to young adult readers. Analyses focus on classic children’s fiction, such as fairy- and folktales, as well as poetic texts, graphic novels, and screen representations of juvenile and adolescent storytelling.
This course introduces students to major issues in literary criticism and trains students in practical criticism of specific literary texts. Students will read a variety of short literary works , as well as critical responses to these works, and will focus on writing critical essays of their own. Emphasis is on developing linguistic, critical, and analytic competencies.
This course concentrates students' efforts on the work of one major British or American writer to be selected by the instructor each time the course is offered. The course is designed to enable students to do extensive research on a well-defined body of work and use that research to produce an extensive and original final paper.
An internship in the English literature program consists of a collaboration between the English Literature Program (LAP) at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and a professional contributor approved by the UAEU. The purpose of the internship is to provide a wide range of writing and analytical skills to prepare students for the job market. The internship experience focuses on writing-related skills such as analytical writing, editing, and developing professional communication, writing, and research skills, which are initially provided to the students in their major coursework and given ample opportunity to apply and practice during their internship period.
Spanish for Beginners equips students with a basic range of the most common expressions and basic grammar structures used in Spanish. The knowledge acquired in this course will allow students to satisfy immediate needs of a concrete type. All four skills will be covered, i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening at varying levels throughout the course. This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and its basic grammar content, allowing students to learn certain writing and discourse strategies in Spanish as a foreign language.
The purpose of this course is to deepen students’ knowledge of Spanish grammar through a series of contents based on key features of Spanish-speaking countries’ societies: their people, lifestyle and culture. Students will study these countries’ diverse societies as well as some of their distinctive regions and ethnic groups. Students will not only study Spanish language from a grammatical perspective but will also be made aware of customs and social aspects which may differ from their own. This course includes readings and discussions on contemporary daily life, food, transportation, festivities, sports, and holiday destinations in Spain and Latin America.
Spanish (2) for Beginners is designed to improve students’ language skills in a systematic way. This course will allow students to practice and strengthen their previously acquired knowledge, leading towards a secure and solid A1 level. Students will gain a holistic knowledge of all four skills in the target language, i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening. Grammar and vocabulary contents are intensified through a series of adapted but genuine sources that allow students to have real access to the Spanish-speaking world.
The purpose of this course is to develop fundamental strategies in Spanish with regard to speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, while further developing grammar and vocabulary with a series of texts, audios, videos and discussions that will be becoming progressively more complex until reaching an A2.1 level. This course will allow students to become more confident with regard to their knowledge of grammar content and as well as their communication skills, and will prepare them for the two subsequent courses of this minor.
As a continuation of Spanish Language and Culture (1), this course offers an insight to key features of the Spanish-speaking world. Based on media, fiction, commercials and promotional material, students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of aspects that shape societies in Spain and Latin America. This course will allow students to continue developing their four language skills, i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing through a series of activities that include reading and comprehension, oral presentations, dialogues, debates, summaries and compositions. Fundamental and new grammar contents as well as topical vocabulary will be embedded in each learning session. Students will also have the opportunity to work on their writing skills through the production of paragraphs and compositions on the Spanish-speaking world.
This course aims to consolidate and further develop the proficiency gained in the Spanish Minor courses at the beginner and intermediate levels as well as enable students to acquire a better understanding of Iberian and Latin American societies, culture, life and traditions. Students will work with a series of adapted texts in the target language dealing with topics such as leisure, society, traveling, traditions, gastronomy, history, health, literature, and social relations. The work will consist of reading and comprehension activities, guided analysis of content, and further development of grammar knowledge, as well as summarization and reformulation strategies in written and oral format. Various types of texts will be covered, including blogs, magazines and newspaper articles, brochures and short stories. Students will also have the opportunity to work on their writing skills through the production of paragraphs and compositions on the Spanish-speaking world, and on their speaking skills through oral practice and a series of oral presentations.
This course introduces students to the basic principles of translation. It provides them with a solid foundation to develop their skills in translating between Arabic and English and to reflect on translation in its social context. Students practice translation in both directions: English-Arabic and Arabic-English. Special emphasis is placed on translation methodology, linguistic and cultural issues and difficulties in translation as well as the methods to deal with them.
While this course introduces students to different perspectives on linguistics, it focuses on the relationships or correspondences between one language and another. In other words, it attempts to highlight the differences and similarities between English and Arabic. Emphasis will also be placed on whether Arabic and English have common linguistic, grammatical and stylistic features and how the differences and similarities play out in the translation process.
Old code/no. :TRS 342 This course examines translating in various community, commercial, and public contexts, such as offices, hospitals, courts and in situations such as political negotiations and press interviews. It prepares students for these interpreting situations by developing their ability to understand and analyze a message in the source language and convey it in the target language quickly, clearly, and correctly.
This course covers the basic issues and principles in translation and the tools used to identify, analyze, and resolve translation problems. Students explore concepts including text and structural analysis, text-typology, language usage, contrastive stylistics, etc. and analyze language-specific problems of vocabulary. They will also be acquainted with basic translation concepts and methods and basic contrastive differences between English and Arabic, especially in respect of sentence structure and textual cohesion and coherence.
This course is intended to familiarize students with the various genres of Arabic and English Literature. This course is also intended to provide students with the skills and tools of analyzing and then translating some literary genres such as poetry, prose, the essay, fiction, biography, etc. Emphasis will be placed on the various modes of literary expression in both Arabic and English. Students will be given ample opportunity to practice reading, analyzing and translating various genres from one language to another.
This course helps students to gain a solid understanding of the translation process from English into Arabic. Students will learn to identify translation problems related to meaning, culture and discourse and to identify translation strategies required for different translation briefs and situations. Students will apply what they learn to various textual genres often translated into Arabic.
This course helps students identify translation problems related to meaning, culture and discourse in Arabic texts on both micro and macro textual levels. It aims to enhance their understanding of the various text types they may encounter in their professional lives, and the impact of these differences on the translation strategies they may choose.
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and theories of media translation. It provides them with a solid foundation to develop their skills in translating different types of texts in this field from Arabic into English and from English into Arabic. Emphasis will be placed on methods and techniques for solving linguistic and cultural problems related to media translation.
This course introduces students to the stylistic features and writing conventions of scientific and legal texts in Arabic and English. It is designed to train students on how to translate different scientific and legal genres (such as medical reports and leaflets, scientific articles, certificates, treaties and contracts). Emphasis will be placed on identifying translation problems in scientific and legal texts and the use of appropriate techniques for solving them.
The course is designed to culminate in the student's independent translation of a significant work from Arabic into English and from English into Arabic. It is intended to develop students’ abilities to handle longer, complete works, applying the principles and techniques they learnt. Emphasis will be placed on how the translation is carried out and what outcomes are achieved out of this process, and the student’s ability to choose appropriate translation techniques and justify their choices
This course examines the translation of business correspondence documents (such as business letters, faxes, e-mails, reports, and memoranda) and promotional material (such as advertisements, posters, leaflets, flyers, folders, brochures and promotion films). ). In addition to translation skills, this course provides students with contrastive knowledge of the differences between Arabic and English with regard to the style and format of business correspondence documents and promotional material.
This course introduces students to the challenges and the pressures that the translator encounters in the professional world by undertaking internship in professional organizations (whether public or private) where translation is practiced as an essential activity. They will be supervised and assessed by supervisors in those organizations as well as by the faculty member assigned to them by the Department. (This course is conducted over a complete semester. No courses are allowed to be registered during this course).
This course covers the use of translation skills in the field of business. Students undertake an internship in professional business organizations where translation is practiced as an essential activity. They are supervised and assessed by specialists in those organizations and by faculty members assigned to them, and are exposed to the challenges and pressures that the translator encounters in the professional world.
This capstone course provides students with core knowledge, attitudes and skills to help them succeed in their lives and careers and to enhance their capacity for team work, leadership and innovation that will help them to successfully guide the economic, social and cultural development of the UAE.
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