The courses cover a range of academic and communicative skills, although their outcomes are assessed separately. The courses cover themes relevant to students of the Humanities and Social Sciences such as Government and Leadership, Justice, Wealth and Poverty and Feminism. The instructor selects a minimum of four thematic areas from the range provided. These are based on the course book A World of Ideas [Ed Lee Jacobus) and a significant number of supplementary texts which bring a less Westernised bias to the material and link the themes to the learners' geographical and social context. The courses encourage the development of oral, aural, critical reading and academic writing skills.
This is an interdisciplinary course which integrates various ideas or themes from a variety of disciplines such as literature (Arabic and English), philosophy, history, art history, archeology, geography and cultural anthropology. The majority of materials and assignments will focus upon critical reading, reviews and discussions, thematic or chronological progressions. The course content will reflect upon unique and varied perspectives from a variety of sources such as Mediterranean, Middle Eastern/Arabic and Gulf regions and the importance and role that history and culture serves in fostering and understanding scholarly endeavors by previous generations and cultures. The focus will be primarily upon reading and writing skills, critical thinking, analytical criticism and group projects and research.
This course covers the forms and functions of human communication and media in society. Students enrolled in the course learn the basic concepts of language, linguistics, translation, and media through an interdisciplinary perspective. It covers first and second language learning, the branches of linguistics, the relationships between languages, verbal and non-verbal communication, the nature of persuasion and the forms of translation. This course also makes students aware of the interrelationships within various disciplines in humanities and social sciences and informs them about their choice of majors.
This course covers the basic concepts and purposes of Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Human Services and Counseling. This course will provide definitions of these four areas, their fields of inquiry, and their roles in studying and addressing behavioral and societal issues. The primary goal of this course is to enable students to recognize the uniqueness of each of the four areas and to appreciate how they interrelate and complement each other in approaching and resolving behavioral and societal problems.
This interdisciplinary course combines concepts, ideas, and theories from Geography, Political Science, and Urban Planning. The course interactively addresses a series of topics relevant to the above mentioned disciplines, and aims to help students comprehend the intricacies and essentials of some contemporary human phenomena. The selected topics include government, leadership, human environment interaction and urban planning.
This course provides practical exercises and examples drawn from real life situation in both science and society to develop the skills which are needed to conceptualize, analyze and evaluate arguments, information and evidence gathered from a variety of sources, such as observation, experience, reading and reflection.
This capstone course provides students with core knowledge, attitudes and skills to help them succeed in their lives and careers and to enhance their capacity for team work, leadership and innovation that will help them to successfully guide the economic, social and cultural development of the UAE.
This course seeks to establish the national belonging and appreciation of the UAE national achievements through educating students on the key social aspects of the Emirates society, basic values and its inheritance, offering studies in various and significant studies that are relevant to UAE history and geography, aspects of internal and external policy, aspects of the social systems, social human development and citizen's developmental role & social responsibility, women empowerment and its role in the society services delivered by the State, and the country tendency to sustainable energy, economic development, developmental indicators and the country standing in the global competitiveness. The course also explores the visions of the federal government 2021 and Abu Dhabi 2030, in addition to the future issues of the developmental strategic plans and challenges facing them.
The course is designed mainly to promote students? scientific research skills. This goal is achieved by providing students with information about the basic characteristics of science and its relationship to knowledge. Additionally, the course highlights research methodology, types, and scientific research steps. These steps include identifying the problem or the research topic, formulating assumptions or hypotheses, reviewing literature, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting findings