This course covers the properties of Arabic and Islamic civilization and examines the difference between culture and civilization. It also explores the formation of the globalization on Islamic civilization and the relationship between different cultures.
This course covers the development of world civilization and major cultures form the Neolithic Revolution until the eve of the European conquest of the Americas. The civilizations of the Ancient, Classical and Postclassical periods will be studied, emphasizing interaction between civilizations and major cultures. Topics will include: the origins and role of universal religions; the examination of political, social and gender structures in relation to economic and demographic development, and the diffusion of culture and technology via migration, commerce and the expansion of empires.
This course surveys the origin and development of the modern world, tracing both regional histories and global interactions. Major themes include: economic aspects of globalization; intellectual and cultural adjustments to modernity; modern imperialism; resistance to empire and the birth of nations; and the historical origins of the contemporary world.
This course examines the properties of contemporary civilization and Globalization, as well as the difference between culture and civilization. different cultures and respect the other cultures. It enables the students to understand the relationship between different cultures.
This course introduces the values of UAE founding father sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan to students' souls, and provides them with substantial knowledge about this cherished and inspiring character; his biography, ideals, beliefs, principles, politics and prominent status. This module exposes Zayed’s endeavors in founding the United Arab Emirates, and the strategies he pursued in founding the state. It also focuses on the prominent manifestations of the development and outstanding progress achieved in the Emirati nation thanks to the rewarding efforts undertaken by the late Sheikh Zayed in political, social, cultural, economic and administrative aspects.
This course examines how archaeological excavations are managed and sets them within the context of Cultural Resource Management. In particular the course will examine how sites are identified, recorded and protected within their natural environment and human contexts. The course is divided in two parts; theoretical and practical. The course covers the whole process of archaeological excavation - from discovery of a site to the presentation of results to the public. It also examines the wide variety of archaeological sites in the UAE and their unique value as records of human activity. There are three compulsory field trips within the course which will provide practical experience of how an archaeological excavation is run.
This course examines the visual arts in civilizations. It seeks to develop skills in perception, comprehension, and appreciation when dealing with a variety of visual art forms. It explores the range of questions and methods appropriate to the explication of a given work of art, and examines the intellectual structures basic to the systematic study of art.
This course covers the history of the Islamic World from late antiquity and the rise of Islam to the 15th century, with an emphasis on the background and circumstances of the rise of Islam, the creation and development of the Islamic Empire, the expansion of Islam in the medieval period and the rise of dynastic successor states, European encounters and the rise of the Ottoman Empire.
This course discusses the origins of the U.A.E., and its internal relations. It covers the period of the British control, from the early nineteenth century up to the British withdrawal 1971. It also covers the Union negotiations, the birth of the state, and its achievements. This course incorporates the study of a selection of modern documents, written in English dealing with the history of the Arab Gulf and the UAE. It concentrates on translation and analysis of the documents in order to enable the student to understand and deduce the relevant historical information.
This course focuses on the geographical and historical backgrounds of the Ancient Near East. It studies the civilizations of Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia. It briefly deals with the commercial importance, political situation and cultural developments of the Ancient Near East during the period from ancient times to the 3rd century B.C.
This course studies the cultural Islamic remains mainly the architecture, arts, coins and pottery etc. starting from the early Islamic Period up to the Ottoman period in the whole Islamic area, and the Arab countries in particular. The study will be focusing on different examples from different historical periods. (Note: if possible, students should be able to examine specimens of coins, pottery and other artifacts in local collections)
This course covers archaeological surveying and archaeological excavation in the field, how to deal with the archaeological cultural remains in connection with documentation methods, preservation, classification and chronological presentation. The development of archeology as a discipline, ethical concerns and the impact of technology on archeological practice are also emphasized.
TThis course covers historic preservation and preservation planning in the UAE. It emphasizes the tools and techniques used to integrate historic preservation into the context of cultural resource management and the comprehensive planning process, including the legal and legislative framework for historic preservation, historic resources surveys and documentation, design review, economic incentives and revitalization processes. It also includes field trips to introduce students to historic preservation.
This course provides students with the historical origins and developments of the Arab Gulf states. It deals with the social, political and economic changes in the Arab Gulf states in its modern and contemporary history.
The course focuses on the history of excavations and their outcomes and focuses on the social, economic and cultural life based on the archaeological cultural remains throughout ages from the Paleolithic through the Late Islamic Period.
Introduction to the history of Modern Arab History from 1500 to the present. Topics include the growth and decline of Islamic empires, European colonialism, nationalism, modernization, Islamic reform movements, social and economic change in the modern period. Emphasis on the Arab countries and the historical background of contemporary issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This course examines the architectural heritage of the United Arab Emirates and concentrates on the traditional city and its various elements and the traditional planning concepts. It analyzes in depth the different types of traditional architecture and their classification as per construction materials illustrating various examples of traditional buildings around the U.A.E. It also covers architectural heritage conservation methodologies and organizations and different trends of conservation in the U.A.E.
This course covers oral history, its techniques and methods and emphasizes the necessity of studying a cultural or historical issue in the light of information collected from an appropriate group of people. It also aims to train students how to design an oral history project and how to deal with and evaluate the oral history data. in the context of cultural resource management.
This course examines the historical origins and developments of the Arab Gulf states. It deals with the social, political and economic changes in the Arab Gulf states in its modern and contemporary history.
This course provides an introduction to the study of tourism. The course introduces students to key concepts in the tourism system and how the major industrial sectors of the system (e.g. accommodation, transport, attractions and intermediaries) combine to produce a complete tourism product. Students are also expected to understand the historical significance of tourism and place that in the context of its national and international significance today. The development and managerial issues that arise from the growth of tourism will also be considered.
This course introduces the student to the firm of museology, and for those who may be considering a career in the museum field and is interested in exploring some of the theoretical as well as practical aspects involved in operating a museum, or the student who would simply like to become better acquainted with the history of museums and the role of the museum as collector, guardian and interpreter of public history. The course will provide a general introduction to the history and development of various types of museums; to the cultural, legal, ethical and other issues facing museums today; and to some of the practical aspects relating to the basic museum functions of acquisition, preservation, exhibition, and education.
This course covers the management and preservation of heritage resources, and offers a foundation for further studies in the contemporary heritage field. Topics include types of practices, current and emerging issues, as well as the social context, controversies, ethical questions and general concerns that characterize efforts in heritage preservation and the work carried out in museums, archives, historic places and interpretive centres. It also discusses the legal systems used in the UAE and other countries to protect such resources, and how governmental and non-governmental organizations preserve and use heritage resources.
This course explores cultural tourism in international and Emirati contexts. It investigates practical and theoretical issues surrounding the topic of cultural tourism, exploring the theory and development of cultural tourism, and the role of cultural institutions such as museums and galleries, tangible and intangible heritage. Topics include cultural tourism products, cultural heritage performances, management, operational and marketing considerations in this field. The thematic interaction of tourism with hinterland districts in UAE context, festivals, heritage and indigenous culture is also investigated with the aim of developing and interpreting cultural tourism attractions.
This course explores cultural tourism in international and Emirati contexts. It investigates practical and theoretical issues surrounding the topic of cultural tourism, exploring the theory and development of cultural tourism, and exploring the role of cultural institutions such as museums and galleries, tangible and intangible heritage and cultural tourism products, cultural heritage performance, management, operational and marketing considerations in this growing field. The thematic interaction of tourism with hinterland districts in UAE context, festivals, heritage and indigenous culture is also investigated with the aim of developing and interpreting cultural tourism attractions.
This course introduces students to tourism resources and potentials in Emirati contexts. Among others, the course highlights the cultural and heritage, social and political, natural and man-made resources that build up and substantiate the tourism and leisure business in the UAE. In addition, new developments and trends in the promotion of these tourism resources are discussed. Key features of the strategic tourism development plan are also considered.
The course covers diverse traditional arts and folk crafts in UAE and the Gulf countries as important forms of material culture. It examines the significance of this material culture and the appropriate methods for its documentation. The course contextualizes the place of Art in culture, posing interesting questions and points of view in relation to links to country, diversity of indigenous societies and the use of art as a voice piece. The course will also examine the growth in the participation of artists in the marketplace as well as issues of copyright and intellectual property.
This course examines the social, environmental and economic sustainability of tourism and evaluates tourism in UAE, cross-cultural and global contexts. It explores the role of ecotourism in promoting an environmental ethic that forms the foundation for a sustainable future. The course introduces key issues surrounding the economics and marketing of the environment as a tourism product within the wider context of debates on environmental sustainability in both International and Arab contexts. Techniques for quantifying negative and positive impacts of tourism are reviewed as are the social, political and economic impacts on regional communities.
This course explores the interactive mutual relationship between tourism as a human activity, economic industry and social culture, and the local community as consuming, producing and hosting individuals, and groups. It explores theories and practices for the phenomenon of socio-cultural change, and investigates the role of tourism as dynamism for the interaction and assimilation of indigenous cultures, and the way this interface affects societies.
This course covers patterns of sustainable tourism product development and management and the contemporary role of planning for tourism. Key study areas cover both issues and methods in planning for tourism development from the perspective of sustainable development.
This course covers the role and practice of a range of communication media important to the tourism industry. It explores the development and practice of travel publishing in diverse formats including journal articles, brochures, guidebooks and media releases. The course also introduces students to the applied use of new technologies in tourism. This includes text and web-page design and the implications of E-commerce for the travel industry.
This course covers the foundations of tourism research, providing a broad explanation of key research terms, applications, uses, methodologies and other key research fundamentals, and develops a profound understanding of the value of research to the tourism industry. It also covers the development of research topics, questions, aims and hypotheses, and examines various sampling and research methods used in tourism research. (The course is conducted over a complete semester. No courses are allowed to be registered during this course)
This capstone course integrates learning from other courses in the Tourism Studies major with courses from the rest of the academic experience. It requires the application of that learning to projects which serve as instruments of evaluation. The course further 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. Students are expected to integrate the key concepts of their coursework by applying them to the development of projects.
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