Course Matching – Fall 2023

The faculty members teaching the courses listed below would like to offer their course as a Globally Connected Course in fall of the 2023-24 academic year and are looking for a course partner from an Alliance institution. The courses are organized by academic division, but some of the richest course connections are cross-disciplinary, so you are strongly encouraged to search broadly.

If you are interested, please contact the instructor to explore connecting their course to a course you teach. Visit the Global Course Connections page for information on how to submit a course description and how to submit a connection proposal.

Also review the list of courses for spring 2024.

ANTH 105: Cultural Anthropology
Jennifer Grubbs, [email protected], Antioch College
This course is designed to acquaint students with the anthropological approach of studying the structures and institutions, worldviews and belief systems of other peoples. Cultural Anthropology is dedicated to the study of cultural diversity, and thus, the primary goal is to understand social differences (through experienced and socially-constructed, power-laden aspects such as: cultural, ethnic, race, gender, sexuality, class, or religion) and the relationship to political, economic, linguistic, historical, and other social realms. Students will have the opportunity for learning through their experiences (both past and present), the primary methodologies of cultural anthropology, participant observation, data collection and analysis. [Expected enrollment: 15]

ANTH235 Rhetoric, Resistance, Repression
Jennifer Grubbs, [email protected], Antioch College
This course examines the anthropology of social movements through the lenses of the theoretical, historical, methodological, ethical, and political. We will begin by understanding critical themes and ideas generated through the social scientific study of social movements such as civil society, hegemony, social change, identity politics, and the rhetoric of agitation and control. We will apply these concepts, among others introduced throughout the course, to examine a range of contemporary social movements. These diverse movements address issues ranging from racism, sexism, environmental degradation, reproductive choice, classism, heterosexism, to transphobia. This course is designed to facilitate and encourage active engagement with the texts and discussion. [Expected enrollment: 15]

BUSA 132 – Organizational Behavior
Freda Addu Dzradosi, [email protected], Ashesi University
How can managers motivate employees to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done? How can managers be sure their decisions are not biased? What influence tactics can managers use when they do not have formal authority to tell someone what to do? This course will help students understand life in complex organizations by covering topics that span microanalysis dealing with individuals and macro analysis dealing with the organization. The course is managerial in orientation and focuses on the processes necessary to organize, motivate, direct, and control people engaged in collective activities. The emphasis is on the understanding of concepts and strategies that enable students to become managers that are more effective and efficient. The course uses readings, cases, exercises, skits, group debates, and videos to illustrate the conceptual and applied aspects of the individual, group, and organizational behavior. [Expected enrollment: 70 (2 cohorts)]

350 Advance Creative Writing
Mussarat Shahid, [email protected], Forman Christian College
Writing is both an art and a craft. Just as we cannot sit down at a piano and break someone’s heart as Beethoven could, or pick up a guitar and make it cry like Hendrix, we cannot “whip up” a story that will touch a universal chord in every human being. What we can do, however, is to find ways to connect with our inner feelings and activate our sensory pathways to unravel “our own true nature.”We will embark on this journey of creative writing with the understanding that writing is nothing but an extension of the human need to communicate however, it is more demanding, a more conscious and a more complex skill than is speech. Not only does it need the commitment to move another person’s emotions with written words, but it also necessitates creating an environment that is kind to the writer yet demanding of the story. The course will enable participants to discover a spark which has not yet been ignited; to tantalize senses that so far have been numb. And a promise to rekindle the passion for creative writing like never before. [Expected enrollment: 12 to 15]

Writing and Communication 101
Mussarat Shahid, [email protected], Forman Christian College
This foundation level academic writing course is geared to hone students organisational and analytical skills, in particular, and their writing and speaking skills, in general. Beginning with a recap of sentence structure, the students will be steered towards fashioning paragraphs and subsequently to linking these in logical order. Along with a broader understanding of a written text, students will learn the intricacies within a text, which include but are not limited to aspects of cohesion and coherence, such as: use of connectives, literary devices, pronouns and tenses etc. In addition, the course aims to sharpen students’ analytical and evaluative lens through which they will be able to discern the credibility of an academic piece and differentiate between expository, persuasive, narrative and descriptive styles of writing by identifying the features and elements that characterise these genres. [Expected enrollment: 25]

CORE 1010 Freshman Seminar: Creative Expressions of Resistance
Yara El Masry, [email protected], The American University in Cairo
In Creative Expressions of Resistance, students are introduced to theories of Resistance Studies as well as the creative forms that this resistance often takes whether in form of Fiction, Film, Art, and/or Music. Through critical reading, class discussion, reflective writing and collaborative work students will consider how these genres have been utilized throughout time as a means to express human resilience and resistance to political and social injustice within specific contexts of suffering and/or encounters with power. We will focus on Middle Eastern contexts as well as diverge to more International contexts/issues though investigations of colonialism, racism, environmentalism, displacement and equality. The big questions that we will be reflecting on include the initial question of the relation between power and resistance, violent versus nonviolent means of resistance, as well as the many forms that this non-violent (creative) resistance often takes especially in the face of repression and censorship. [Expected enrollment: 17]

Math 128: History of Mathematics in the Islamic World
Nuh Aydin, [email protected], Kenyon College
This course examines an important and interesting part of the history of mathematics and, more generally, the intellectual history of humankind: the history of mathematics in the Islamic world. Some of the most fundamental notions in modern mathematics have their roots here, such as the modern number system, the fields of algebra and trigonometry, and the concept of algorithm, among others. In addition to studying specific contributions of medieval Muslim mathematicians in the areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry in some detail, we will examine the context in which Islamic science and mathematics arose, and the role of religion in this development. We will also discuss the reasons why Islamic contributions to science have been largely forgotten and the damage caused by a Eurocentric narrative of the history of science that has been dominant around the world. The rise of Islamic science and its interactions with other cultures (e.g., Greek, Indian, and Renaissance Europe) tell us much about larger issues in the humanities. Thus, this course has both a substantial mathematical component (60-65 percent) and a significant history and social science component (35-40 percent), bringing together three disciplines: mathematics, history, and religion. The course counts toward the Islamic Civilization and Cultures concentration but does not count toward any math major requirement. Prerequisite: solid knowledge of algebra and geometry. [Expected enrollment: 15]

CSCS202-Computational Linear Algebra
Farheen Ibraheem, [email protected], Forman Christian College
This course teaches students how to understand, work with, and use linear systems of equations and, more broadly, linear connections between variables. In a wide range of application areas, such as big data, machine learning, economics, physics, data visualization, engineering, and statistics, the concepts and methods learned in this course are immensely helpful. Students will gain a basic understanding of matrices, vectors, systems of linear equations, vector space, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, matrix factorization, and singular value decomposition through this course. In this course, mathematical solutions to problems from the real world are also covered, including those involving image filtering, Markov chains, Google’s page rank algorithm, and cryptography. For computation and application objectives, MATLAB software package is used. [Expected enrollment: 30]

DRPT101 Introduction to Visual Art
Suniti Vadalkar, [email protected], FLAME University
Folk arts all over the world are indigenous arts. History reveals that even before civilizations came into existence, human beings were painting. The caves in Altamira and Lascaux have paintings that date to 35,000 years ago stand testimony to this fact. Folk art paintings are seen all around the world. They depict the peculiar culture, and style of rendering of communities. In this course, we shall learn about seven Indian folk art paintings (Madhubani, Pattachitra, Pithora, Phad, Warli, Kalamkari and Tanjore) – their themes, narratives, methods of depiction, and uniqueness. We will also create our own visual stories (folk art) based on these Indian folk art paintings. [Expected enrollment: 20]

CORE 2096-05 , Society Impact on Health and Wellness: Examining Brain Health
Mohamed Salama, [email protected], The American University in Cairo
Brain health is not the absence of brain diseases, but is getting the most out of your brain, reducing risk, and protecting your brain so that it is resilient! The brain is that Maestro that orchestrates what your body does, your personality, your creativity, and your ability to soar to greatness. Brain health is a healthy you! The mystery that impacts the personal, families, communities, and nations. Together we explore how we can promote brain health, including its health-promoting value in lifestyle, coping with challenges, and finding ways to reboot and boost our brain health. This goes beyond the medical or biological aspects to explore the societal and cultural impact. [Expected enrollment: 20]

MLL 2055 Intermediate Spanish: Perspectives on Spanish-Speaking Cultures
Lucia Lopez Vazquez, [email protected], American University in Bulgaria
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and interdisciplinary approach at the intermediate level to the study of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. It introduces students to the analysis of topics such as education, family values, traditions, work ethic, urban life, multicultural society, migration, consumption of resources, politics, identity, stereotypes, and cultural heritage, as well as notions relevant for intercultural communication, such as politeness and formality of interactions. Aiming to promote an in-depth cross-cultural understanding, this course exposes students to a large variety of print and electronic media, film, music, literature, and other forms of Hispanic cultural expression. Students perform individual reflection tasks and work in small teams and other collaborative formats that allow them to consolidate and expand their understanding and their writing and speaking skills, as well as to refine their grammatical and lexical competence. [Expected enrollment: 20]

EDUC 110 Foundations of Education
Syed Muhammad Jaffer Hassan Gardezi , [email protected], Forman Christian College
This course is designed to explore the relationships between foundational disciplines that shape Education, such as Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and History. The knowledge and ideas borrowed from these disciplines influence schools and schooling practices, as well as formal processes of education. During this course, the foundations of schools and schooling as institutions will be traced. [Expected enrollment: 35]

EDUC 120, Educational Psychology
Rimesha Farooq, [email protected], Forman Christian College
Educational Psychology explores the psychology of learning. As the title indicates, this course is essentially an interdisciplinary blend of psychology and education. We as a class will focus on both theoretical and practical principles of learning and how they may impact elementary and secondary classrooms. General topics include theories of learning, human development, classroom instructional practices, motivation, student diversity (including varying educational backgrounds) and educational assessment. [Expected enrollment: 15]

EDUC 320 Introduction to Research
Syed Muhammad Jaffer Hassan Gardezi , [email protected], Forman Christian College
In this course, students are introduced to the concept of research and various techniques that can be used. The course is conducted in a seminar format to encourage open discussions and dialog. Lectures are normally limited to describing technical aspects of research and relevant demonstrations. Class discussions and student presentations are incorporated to encourage active participation on everyone’s part. Academic writing is also the main focus where students get regular feedback on their work. This course is however not intended for complete mastery of the intricacies of research design. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to formulate testable research questions, identify several different research methodologies, and produce a research proposal and/ or write articles on their own. [Expected enrollment: 15]

EDUC 370, Teaching Language Arts
Rimesha Farooq, [email protected], Forman Christian College
In this course the main focus will be on the development of the language skills specifically on reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course focuses on inculcating certain analytical skills and standards for each area in each level of academic carrier of the students from the primary to high school level. It also focus on planning classroom management and methods for incorporating language arts across the curriculum and the use of workshops for teaching language arts. [Expected enrollment: 15]

EDUC 390, Teaching Social Studies
Rimesha Farooq, [email protected], Forman Christian College
This course offers students an understanding of why it is important to teach Social Studies to students and in what ways can it be taught. This course focuses on four major disciplines of Social Studies i.e. History, Geography, Government and Culture as these are the most commonly taught in elementary schools in Pakistan. Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to explore the connections between knowledge and practice more adequately; solve everyday problems of teaching; and explore different ways of teaching Social Studies. [Expected enrollment: 15]

CORE 2098: Selected topics: Building for Underdeveloped Egyptian Communities
Mohamed Darwish, [email protected], The American University in Cairo
Conventional and innovative low-cost housing systems in Egypt that are suitable for local communities around Egypt. Building with wood, bricks, straw-bale, sand bags and earth. The different stakeholders in the building process and how they drive the final livable space. Incorporation of the community-based learning within the process of delivering low-cost buildings for underdeveloped Egyptian communities and cost comparisons for different low-cost traditional building alternatives in Egypt. [Expected enrollment: 20]