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Cursus: UCSSCSOC25
UCSSCSOC25
Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient and Islam
Cursus informatie
CursuscodeUCSSCSOC25
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau2 (Bachelor Verdiepend)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorUniversity College; Social Science;
Contactpersoondrs. G.B.M. Dielissen
Telefoon+31 30 2539081
E-mailG.B.M.Dielissen@uu.nl
Docenten
Contactpersoon van de cursus
drs. G.B.M. Dielissen
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
drs. G.B.M. Dielissen
Overige cursussen docent
Blok
SUMMER  (28-05-2012 t/m 27-06-2012)
Aanvangsblok
SUMMER
Timeslot-: Niet van toepassing
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
AanmeldingsprocedureTutor / Education&Student Office
ToelichtingNew students indicate course preferences on their UCU application form. Continuing students contact their tutor.
Inschrijven via OSIRISNee
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
PlaatsingsprocedureEducation&Student office
ToelichtingThe Education&Student office places students based on tutor-led course registration and maximum class size.
Cursusdoelen
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Content
The relationship between Occident and Orient has been one of varying degrees of a complex hegemony since the late 18th century. After September 11, 2001, the Western world sought to build a coalition against terrorism. Often, this public enemy is seen as synonymous with a stereotypical rendering of the Islamic world.

Still, our images of the Orient are not entirely negative. Since antiquity, it has been a place of romance, exotic beings, remarkable experiences, and haunting memories and landscapes. Our collective imagination draws to mind oriental tales, despotism, wisdom and philosophy, and impressive mosques. But like it’s opposite, the Occident, the Orient is a man-made construction; it is merely a tradition of thought and imagery that has infused it with reality for Westerners.

Is it possible that contemporary perceptions of the Middle East and Islam still stand very much in the tradition of Orientalism. Should they be interpreted in a constructivist way? How, then, should we understand recent expressions of a political Islam, gender relations, fundamentalism, or suicide bombers? More importantly, how do we build from imagination, construction, and representation to achieve new balances of power and integration, multiculturalism, and democratization?

Aim
After completing this course, students are able to:

  • deconstruct ‘the European idea of the Orient and Islam.’
  • discuss contemporary phenomena such as Islamic politicization.
  • describe how Cultural entities are not natural, God-given, or stable, but constructed and occasionally even invented.
  • critique the use of power in knowledge creation.

Format
The course is taught over five weeks with four meetings a week. Class consists of lectures, working seminars, and analyses of multimedia data. Lectures occur on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. On Tuesday afternoons, working seminars (readings and student presentations) are planned. To organize these seminar sessions, each student writes a short essay (1,250 words) on an assigned chapter of the reading. Students who write essays for a particular meeting are primarily responsible for leading the discussion that day. On Thursday afternoons, we analyze films and illustrated representations such as picture books and magazines. 

Ingangseisen
Er moet voldaan zijn aan minimaal één van de cursussen:
- Introduction to Anthropology (UCSSCANT11)
- Introduction to Sociology (UCSSCSOC11)
Verplicht materiaal
Boek
Ian Bururma, Avishai Margalit, Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies, Penguin, 2004. - ISBN 0 59420 008 4.
Boek
V.S. Naipaul, Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the converted Peoples, Abacus, 2001. - ISBN 0 349 11010 7.
Boek
Jonathan Lyons (2012) Islam Through Western Eyes. From the crusades to the war on terrorism, Columbia University Press, New York, ISBN 978 - 0 - 231 - 15894 - 7
Werkvormen
UCU level 2 SSC course

Toetsen
class attendance
Weging10
Minimum cijfer-

portfolio
Weging40
Minimum cijfer-

Beoordeling
A Newspaper Column (800 words), an essay on the compulsory reading (1250 words), a well documented paper on a contemporary example of orientalism
(2500 words)

presentations
Weging20
Minimum cijfer-

written exam
Weging30
Minimum cijfer-

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