Examine crucial issues in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a moderate Arab state grappling with political responsibility, social change, modernization, the effects of the Arab Spring, and regional conflicts.
Jordan has made enormous strides recently in healthcare, literacy, and democratic and economic reform. However, it remains challenged by a lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, economic and social issues, and the impact of Palestinian immigrants and refugees, who now make up more than half of the nation’s population. More recently, Iraqi refugees have been pouring into the country and changing the demographic and physical landscapes of the capital.
Based in the capital city of Amman, students conduct academic fieldwork throughout Jordan.
Coursework focuses on:
The impact of modernization on Jordan’s culture and society
The reach of social change and opinion leaders in Jordan
The underpinnings of the Arab Spring on politics and society in Jordan and neighboring countries
Through intensive language instruction, students can greatly improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic and knowledge of Jordanian cultural and social life.
A one-week visit to Egypt (or alternatively Turkey) offers students additional regional insights. Students learn to apply knowledge acquired through course lectures, the program’s homestays, language study, and excursions to undertake field research and produce an original Independent Study Project that analyzes and evaluates aspects of modernization and social change in Jordan.
In country resources and program partners generally include: