IMESC offers a variety of courses to students and, upon request, for universities, institutes or groups. Our experts and academics come from a range of disciplines and offer unique perspectives on the Middle East and its politics and societies.
Previous courses include:
Intro to Arab Society
This course is an exploration of Arab societies, which provides students with a basic sociological and historical foundation. The purpose is to study Arab countries and societies, Arab culture, maps, demography, family, social movement and organization, and value systems in Arab societies. The course is informational, intended to raise awareness about the socio-political and historical aspects of individuals’ lives and various problems that concern people in the Arab world. It is also designed to provide a variety of sociological perspectives as well as to develop a "sociological imagination" that students will find useful in many areas of life, work, and relationships with others.
Arab Society: Culture, Social Changes and Everyday Life
This course provides students with a sociological, historical and theoretical foundation of Arab Society, culture, social changes and everyday life, the colonial period and its legacy, the rise of the Arab-Islamic Empire and Orientalism. The purpose is to study in more depth Arab societies, Arab culture, social movement and organization, population and demography, development, family and gender, political transformation, economic, democracy and democratization process and human rights, religion and value systems in Arab societies. The course is anticipated to raise awareness about socio-political and historical aspects of peoples’ culture, social change and everyday lives and various problems that concern people in the Arab world. Through lectures, readings, films, group presentations and discussions, the course will help students to engage critically in current academic and public debates. This course offers a good overview of the Arab world and its relationship to the world we live in as it allows one to see the "invisible" forces that shape and channel our lives as we interact with others in society.