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Courses in LSA II: Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)
MENAS 461 / EDUC 461. Web Based Mentorship: Earth Odysseys
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Students serve as mentors to a worldwide network of middle school and high school participants in cultural issues forum linked to vicarious travel. As the forum participants respond to reports from various global settings, mentors seek to deepen, challenge and honor student thinking, and to help forum participants make connections to their own lives. Mentors learn about the country being explored, develop curriculum for use by network teachers, and participate in ongoing reflection on the teaching and learning dimensions of their mentoring work.

MENAS 462 / EDUC 462. Web Based Mentorship: Place Out of Time
Consent of instructor required. (3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Students serve as teaching mentors for a web-based character-playing simulation involving high school and middle school students on a worldwide network, and they themselves also research and portray historical figures. The Place Out of Time simulated trial is different every term, but mentors and students are always presented with a contemporary problem that they must think through in the role of their characters, one that frames an array of social, political, cultural and moral question. Mentors are active participants in a dynamic, writing-intensive enterprise that is aimed at enlivening the study of history through juxtaposing historical perspective and sensibilities. The course employs purposeful "play" to frame a hands-on teaching experience that is supported by extensive in-class and written reflective work.

MENAS 463 / EDUC 463. Web Based Mentorship: Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course is linked to a web-based simulation that engages high school students worldwide in exploring the Arab-Israeli Conflict through portraying current political leaders and representing stakeholder nations. Course participants facilitate this diplomatic simulation, working closely with the simulation participants to offer a window into the diplomatic process. Course participants learn about the contemporary politics of the region, and work in teams as gatekeepers and facilitators, helping their student mentees to thoughtfully assume character, and to think and write purposefully and persuasively. This course is a hands-on teaching experience that is supported by extensive in-class and written reflective work.

MENAS 493 / NEAREAST 483. Comparative Perspectives of the Middle East and North Africa
(1). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This 1-credit course, jointly offered by CMENAS and the Near Eastern Studies, brings together a diverse cohort of specialists covering 5000 years of history, languages, and culture, and a geographical area stretching from the Atlantic to Central Asia. Through a series of lectures by UM faculty and outside speakers, addressing a particular theme chose for that semester, students consider multiple perspectives of comparative research across the ages and cultures.

MENAS 591. Interdisciplinary Middle East Topics Seminar
Upperclass standing; concentration in MENAS, NES or other fields with main interest in Middle Eastern Studies. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This is a seminar for students beginning graduate study of the Middle East and North Africa. It introduces them to a broad range of disciplinary approaches and methodologies. The course will concentrate on different areas and problems each year.

MENAS 593. Comparative Perspectives of the Middle East and North Africa
(1). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course jointly offered by CMENAS and the Near Eastern Studies, brings together a diverse cohort of specialists covering 5000 years of history, languages, and culture, and a geographical area stretching from the Atlantic to Central Asia. Through a series of lectures by UM faculty and outside speakers, addressing a particular theme chose for that semester, students consider multiple perspectives of comparative research across the ages and cultures.

MENAS 595. Directed Reading in Near Eastern and North African Studies
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

MENAS 695 / HISTORY 793 / NEAREAST 685. Seminar: The Study of the Near East
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MENAS 698. Masters Thesis in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Graduate standing and approval of instructor. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Designed for individual students who are researching and writing a masters thesis. An individual instructor must agree to supervise the project, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

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