The course is an introductory survey of the methodical and practical integration of various research designs and methodologies in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It sustains and develops students abilities and interests and offers an opportunity for close engagement with fine art study, theory and practice. Students examine art as a social process and social context/s in which art is made, circulated and engaged, and what art can tell them about their own social and spiritual issues and institutions.
This course examines the interface between Islamic art, law and society from early Islam to the modern period through a series of themes and debates in Islamic discourse. Topics explored are the socio-legal definition of the 'artist': how market demands informed intellectual property; the formation of the city and urban space.
This course is concerned with the materials, techniques and subject matter of observational drawing and demonstrates how a variety of materials and production techniques in drawing can promote strong perceptual and conceptual development.
This course is concerned with the foundational construction and design of painting and investigates the character and actions of various paints and techniques, both traditional and contemporary, on a variety of surfaces.
This course is the foundational study of fundamental 3-D design principles and techniques. Within its framework, students will complete a series of design projects in clay, plaster, wood and metal.
This digital photography course covers rules of composition, light, exposure, colors, etc. and demonstrates the use of Adobe PhotoShop CS, Lightroom, and other editing software. Students will create a portfolio with ten photos including detailed descriptions of their work.
This lecture course will introduce students to the fundamental, theoretical, and practical questions related to art as a significant part of society and culture. Students will consider their and others' aesthetic interpretations as a means to understanding art, and to promote an attitude of cross-cultural understanding. They will think about the roles of the maker, the object, and the viewer while interpreting a work of art. Students will also consider the context in which art is viewed, and how that influences a viewer's understanding of it. The course will include combination of lectures, discussions, and Power Points.
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.
Drawing first from the classic repertoire and then exploring the modern theatre, students will study a selection of works and investigate ways in which writers have envisioned their plays and the societal contexts from which these plays emerged. Having researched how these plays were directed and the responses garnered by either reviews or by critical analysis, students will stage scenes from the selected plays to gain practical experience of how a text is transformed from literature to performance.
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 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 to explore and to develop their talents as creative writers, in the composition of poetry. They will become acquainted with some of the tools and the techniques of poetic craftsmanship.
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 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.
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 acquaints students with works by the major writers of the period from 1660 to 1800 and highlights major literary forms characteristic of the period such as the epic (Milton), the comedy of manners (Congreve), and satire (Swift, Pope).
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 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.