American University of Sharjah

Program Areas and Courses

General Education Program

Culture in a Critical Perspective

Courses in this area must meet the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation's requirement to ensure that all undergraduate students complete the equivalent of one or more university-level courses in the humanities or arts

Western Contexts

Goal B. Examine the values and ideas that have shaped the Western intellectual and cultural traditions

Outcome B.1. Describe intellectual and cultural traditions of the Western world

Outcome B.2. Analyze and explain how Western traditions have influenced the present

Goal C. Explore how modes of human inquiry or expression enhances our understanding of culture

Outcome C.1. Analyze cultural ideals and values in order to enhance self understanding and empathy for others

Outcome C.2. Explain how societies are defined in relation to culture, nationality, race, ethnicity, or gender

Outcome C.3. Analyze and explain implied and expressed cultural values and attitudes in works of literature (literary perspectives); or Outcome C.4. Analyze and explain the development of human institutions, ideas, and social structures (historical perspectives); or Outcome C.5. Analyze and explain philosophical works that present perspectives on social and cultural issues or problems (philosophical perspectives)

Goal H. Develop the skills and abilities to thoughtfully seek information, critically analyze sources, and clearly formulate complex ideas

Outcome H.1. Communicate effectively in written English

Outcome H.3. Evaluate written communication, identify key ideas and establish hierarchies of information

Outcome H.4. Structure clear and persuasive arguments based on an analysis and presentation of evidence

Global Contexts

Goal C. Explore how modes of human inquiry or expression enhances our understanding of culture

Outcome C.1. Analyze cultural ideals and values in order to enhance self understanding and empathy for others

Outcome C.2. Explain how societies are defined in relation to culture, nationality, race, ethnicity, or gender

Outcome C.3. Analyze and explain implied and expressed cultural values and attitudes in works of literature (literary perspectives); or Outcome C.4. Analyze and explain the development of human institutions, ideas, and social structures (historical perspectives); or Outcome C.5. Analyze and explain philosophical works that present perspectives on social and cultural issues or problems (philosophical perspectives)

Goal H. Develop the skills and abilities to thoughtfully seek information, critically analyze sources, and clearly formulate complex ideas

Outcome H.1. Communicate effectively in written English

Outcome H.3. Evaluate written communication, identify key ideas and establish hierarchies of information

Outcome H.4. Structure clear and persuasive arguments based on an analysis and presentation of evidence

Requirement

Three to six credits from the following courses:

ANT 205 World Cultures (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

ARA 320 The Andalusian Symbiosis (Global Contexts/Literary Perspectives)

ARA 380 Sufism: Readings and Islamic Mysticism

ARA 383 Islamic Law and Jurisprudence (Global Contexts/Literary Perspectives)

EDU 210 Philosophy of Education (Global Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

EDU 225 Globalization and Education (Global Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

ENG 300 Introduction to Literary Theory (Western Contexts/Literary Perspectives)

ENG 303 Shakespeare's Plays (Western Contexts/Literary Perspectives)

ENG 315 East Meets West: Colonial and Post-Colonial Encounters (Global Contexts/Literary Perspectives)

GEO 201 World Cultural Geography (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 201 Western Cultural Studies I (Western Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 202 Western Cultural Studies II (Western Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 204 Modern Arab History (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 205 World History (up to 1500) (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 206 World History (1500-Present) (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 208 Women in History (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 210 The Making of Modern Europe (Western Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 212 Modern Japanese History (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 215 The Making of Modern Southeast Asia (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 221 History of Science and Technology (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 240 Introduction to American History (Western Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 29404 African History since 1800 (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 307 Modern Palestinian History (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 308 Ottoman History (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 310 Modern Gulf History (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 311 America and the Middle East (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 312 Modern Iranian History (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 330 Resistance and Collaboration in Modern France and Algeria (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 340 History of the Family (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

HIS 39405 History of Slavery in the Atlantic World (Western Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 120 Global Problems (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 19402 Introduction to Religions of the World (Global Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

INS 301 Globalization (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 310 The Middle East Meets the West (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 316 South Asian Culture and History (Global Contexts/Historical Perspective)

INS 325 Imperialism (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 400 Ethnic Politics in the Developing World (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 413 Political Economy of the Arab World (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 414 Political Economy of the Pacific Region (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 415 War and Peace in the Middle East (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

INS 420 Social Theory (Global Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

MCM 102 Introduction to Media Literacy (Western Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy (Global Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

PHI 207 Existentialism (Global Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

PHI 208 Modern Philosophy (Western Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

PHI 29405 Asian Philosophies (Global Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

PHI 304 Themes in Western Thought (Global Contexts/Philosophical Perspectives)

POL 39406 Middle East Political Transformations (Global Contexts/ Historical Perspectives)

SOC 220 American Society (Western Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

SOC 320 East Asian Societies (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)

WST 240 Introduction to Women's Studies (Global Contexts/Historical Perspectives)