Courses


ARAB 201: Arabic-1 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Arabic, including Arabic characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Arabic are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.

 

ARAB 202: Arabic-2 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: ARAB 201

Being designed as the continuation of the ARAB 201, this course’s primary goals are continuation of improvement of four skills in Arabic gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Arabic.

 

ARAB 301: Arabic-3 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: ARAB 202

This course is designed for students who have completed two levels of Arabic study and have already gained certain speaking, writing, reading and understanding skills in Arabic at pre-intermediate level and continues with a balanced requirement in all of these basic skills. Being conducted mainly in Arabic, the course aims to improve students’ knowledge both in modern and classic Arabic.

 

ARAB 302: Arabic-4 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: ARAB 301

As the continuation of ARAB 301, this course emphasizes improvement in all four aspects of the language to the advanced level – achievement of an advanced level of speaking and understanding competence and improvement of reading and writing skills. Selected texts for the course covers main aspects of contemporary Arabic in terms of language training. Selected texts for the course covers main aspects of contemporary Arabic in terms of language training.

 

ARAB 401: Arabic Literature (6 credits)

Prerequisite: ARAB 301

Some of the main purposes of the course is to improve ability in reading and discussing of selected works of classical, traditional and modern Arabic literature from their originals, to gain an understanding of the cultural and historical background of the poetic and critical writings of Arabic, to identify similarities and differences of literature styles, investigating different topics in contemporary Arabic literature emphasizing on historical, philological and critical approaches.

 

ARAB 403: Communicative Arabic (6 credits)

Prerequisite: ARAB 302

Some of the main goals of the course are to assist students to advance their listening and speaking proficiency in Arabic, to gain the ability of expressing themselves fluently in oral and written forms on different topics using vocabulary and grammar patterns learned at ARAB 201, 202, 301, 302.

 

ARAB 402: Translation Practice - Arabic  (6 credits)

Prerequisite: ARAB 301

Through materials selected from contemporary Arabic publications, this course aims to provide improvement of translation skills of students beside reading, speaking and listening comprehensions.

 

PERS 201: Persian-1 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Persian, including Persian characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Persian are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.

 

PERS 202: Persian-2 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PERS 201

Being designed as the continuation of the PERS 201, this course’s primary goals are continuation of improvement of four skills in Persian gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Persian.

 

PERS 301: Persian-3 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PERS 202

This course is designed for students who have completed two levels of Persian study and have already gained certain speaking, writing, reading and understanding skills in Persian at pre-intermediate level and continues with a balanced requirement in all of these basic skills. Being conducted mainly in Persian, the course aims to improve students’ knowledge both in modern and classic Persian.

 

PERS 302: Persian-4 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PERS 301

As the continuation of PERS 301, this course emphasizes improvement in all four aspects of the language to the advanced level – achievement of an advanced level of speaking and understanding competence and improvement of reading and writing competence. Selected texts for the course covers main aspects of contemporary Persian in terms of language training.

 

PERS 401: Persian Poetry (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PERS 301

Some of the main purposes of the course is to improve ability in reading and discussing of selected works of classical and modern Persian poetry from their originals, to gain an understanding of the cultural and historical background of the different chronological periods of Persian poetry, to identify similarities and differences of literature styles, investigating different topics in contemporary Persian poetry emphasizing on historical, philological and critical approaches.

 

PERS 403: Communicative Persian (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PERS 302

Some of the main goals of the course are to assist students to advance their listening and speaking proficiency in Persian, to gain the ability of expressing themselves fluently in oral and written forms on different topics using vocabulary and grammar patterns learned at PERS 201, 202, 301, 302.

 

PERS 402: Translation Practice –Persian (6 credits)

Prerequisite: PERS 301

Through materials selected from contemporary Persian publications, this course aims to provide improvement of translation skills of students beside reading, speaking and listening comprehensions.

 

JAPAN 201: Japanese-1 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Japanese, including Japanese characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Japanese are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.

 

JAPAN 202: Japanese -2 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: JAPAN 201

Being designed as the continuation of the Japanese 201, this course’s primary goals are maintenance of improvement of four skills in Japanese language gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Japanese language.

 

CHIN 201: Chinese-1 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Chinese language, including Chinese characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Chinese are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.

 

CHIN 202: Chinese-2 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: CHIN 201

Being designed as the continuation of the CHIN 201, this course’s primary goals are maintenance of improvement of four skills in Chinese language gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Chinese language.

 

HEBR 201: Hebrew-1 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Hebrew, including Hebrew characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Hebrew are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.

 

HEBR 202: Hebrew-2 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: HEBR 201

Being designed as the continuation of the HEBR 201, this course’s primary goals are maintenance of improvement of four skills in Hebrew gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Hebrew.

 

KORE 201: Korean-1 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Korean, including Korean characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Korean are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.

 

KORE 202: Korean-2 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: KORE 201

Being designed as the continuation of the KORE 201, this course’s primary goals are maintenance of improvement of four skills in Korean language gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Korean language.

 

URDU 201: Urdu-1 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Urdu, including Urdu characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Urdu are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.

 

URDU 202: Urdu-2 (6 credits)

Prerequisite: URDU 201

Being designed as the continuation of the URDU 201, this course’s primary goals are maintenance of improvement of four skills in Urdu gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Urdu


FREN 201: French-1 ( 6 credits )

 Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard French language, including French characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any French are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.


FREN 202 : French - 2 ( 6 credits )

Prerequisite: FREN 201



Being designed as the continuation of the FREN 201, this course’s primary goals are continuation of improvement of four skills in French gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in French.



SPAN 201 : Spanish - 1 ( 6credits )


Prerequisite: NONE


">The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Spanish language, including Spanish characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Spanish are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.


SPAN 202 : Spanish - 2 ( 6 credits )

Prerequisite: SPAN 201


Being designed as the continuation of the SPAN 201, this course’s primary goals are continuation of improvement of four skills in Spanish gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Spanish.


ITAL 201 : Italian - 1 ( 6 credits )

Prerequisite: NONE

The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard Italian language, including Italian characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any Italian are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.


ITAL 202  : Italian - 2 ( 6 credits )

Prerequisite: ITAL  201


Being designed as the continuation of the ITAL 201, this course’s primary goals are continuation of improvement of four skills in Italian  gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in Italian. 


GERM 201 : German - 1 ( 6 credits )


Prerequisite: NONE 


The aim of the course is to introduce students the fundamentals of standard German language, including German characters, pronunciation, and grammar, with emphasis on all four basic language skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing. In this course students who do not understand or speak any German are expected to achieve control of writing characters, basic sentence patterns, and daily conversation at basic level.


GERM 202 : German - 2 ( 6 credits )  

Prerequisite:GERM  201

Being designed as the continuation of the GERM 201, this course’s primary goals are continuation of improvement of four skills in German  gained in the previous course, achievement of a basic level of understanding, reading, writing and speaking in German.


REL 201: Introduction to World Religions (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

This course will analyze and discuss the place of religion in the contemporary world from the perspective of social sciences. The course will consider an interdisciplinary survey of different religious traditions. Relying on the theories and methods of comparative religious studies, the course will explore themes of similarity and difference, continuity and change, migration and indigenization. One of the purposes of the course is to gain an understanding of the cultural and historical meaning of the religions, to identify similarities and differences of thought and practice among various religious traditions, also to examine the essential beliefs, philosophies, practices and institutions of each religion with emphasis on their founding and normative principles.



REL 202: History of Religions (6 credits)

Prerequisite: NONE 

Among other objectives, this course offers comprehensive understanding and critical studying of world religions (mainly Middle Eastern and East Asian religions as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Jainism, Taoism, Shinto, Sikhism etc.); their doctrines and beliefs, worship and rituals, ethic and value systems, sacred books and scriptures; analyzing of different approaches on scholarly categorizations of the religions by contemporary scholars.


 

REL 403: Religion and Globalization (6 credits) 

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor 

The aim of the course is to analyze and discuss the place of religion in the contemporary world from the perspective of social sciences; to deepen and to broaden students’ appreciation for and understanding of various conceptualization of globalization” and “modernity”; the secularization theories; impacts of globalization upon religion: the erosion of local cultures, the process of glocalization, the relation between religion and identity. It will consider the global rise of religious fundamentalism in various religions as a response to globalization and modernity and seek to consider non-fundamentalist alternative concepts and theories in the scientific study of religion.


 

REL 302: Sociology of Religion (6 credits) 

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor 

This course analyzes different forms of religious knowledge and belief system, examines social aspects of religious activity, practice and experience, forms of religious belief and knowledge from the perspective of social sciences. The course aims students to be acquainted with the knowledge related to theoretical questions concerning the sociology of religion, to be aware of debates between sociologists concerning different theories for understanding religion and consequences of religion for community and society; to gain the ability to employ sociological concepts in the analysis of contemporary issues and events related to religion.


 

REL 314: Philosophy of Religion (6 credits)

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor 

This course explores the issues raised by the religious approaches in history of humanity, analyzes the main movements and problems, key arguments for and against existence of God; examines  philosophical traditions of world civilizations from ancient to modern period through reading and discussion of selected topics as relation between religion and philosophy in the context of faith and reason, as character of religious language and experience through materials including Ancient Greece, Medieval European, Muslim, Asian and contemporary philosophers of religion.


 

ISL 210: History of Islam (6 credits) 

Prerequisite: NONE 

This course attempts to study of political, economical and cultural history of Islamic dynasties and empires from the origin of Islam to the beginning of XX. Century, focusing on the reasons of their increasing and decline; political and cultural power in the region, by using methods and means of history as a scholarly discipline. The course aims to provide students with the broad knowledge on political, social, economical, cultural, intellectual and institutional history of Islamic states and dynasties, their role in the world history.


 

ISL 312: Islamic Civilization (6 credits) 

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor 

This course will cover the most important aspects of the traditional civilization of the Muslim world from the interdisciplinary and comprehensive introduction. The course will surveys the historical development of Islamic civilization from its beginning to the later Islamic empires and their successor’s societies in the contemporary Muslim world with the emphasis on the key aspects of Islamic institutions, architecture, music, literature, visual arts. It will study the main religious, social and cultural feature that shaped the course of formation of Islamic civilization during 14 centuries.


 

ISL 208: Islamic Ethics (6 credits)

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor 

The main goal of the course is to examine main methods, sources, nature and aims of Islamic ethics; to analyze main questions of Islamic ethics about human nature, meaning of life, suffering and death, problem of evil from the Qur’an and Hadith through the early modern writings and to study the contemporary ethical issues such as abortion, cloning, organ transplantation under the light of classic sources. The students will be acquainted with the main theories of the prominent philosophers of Islamic ethics through readings of a range of selected materials from al-Kindi, Abu Bakr ar-Razi, Ibn Misqaweyh, Ibn Sina, Farabi, Tusi and impact of their teachings in understanding of ethic in contemporary Muslim communities.


 

ISL 314: Islamic Thought (6 credits) 

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor 

This course examines the topics on the Islamic thought within the three major schools of it:  theology (Kalam), philosophy and Sufism. The course will be focusing on the main problems and questions by these schools, on their historical development and reasons; methodological differences among the schools, their influence and importance on Islamic society and communities from the origins of Islam to the contemporary period.


 

ISL 313: Islamic Philosophy (6 credits) 

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor 

This course provides students with the study of main schools, prominent scholars and main philosophical questions of Islamic philosophy. It will explore the historical development of philosophical traditions which have shaped the intellectual, social and cultural life of Muslim societies. The central focus of the course is to analyze methodological distinctions among Islamic philosophical schools through selected materials from the writings of the important representatives of these schools; to analyze the answers of these philosophers to the main questions raised on the topics related to philosophy of religion.


 

ISL 310: Sufism (6 credits) 

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor 

Main goals of the course are to introduce a survey of the origins, meaning and development of Sufism as life style, its sources based on the Qur’an, Hadith and classical literature; to investigate historical, cultural, social and political function of Sufi thought, ethics, schools and tradition in transformation of Islamic identity and society, mainly in Arab, Persian, Turkish and Urdu speaking regions; to be acquainted with the life and selected writings of prominent Sufis generally in Islamic world, particularly in Azerbaijan.