Robert Greeley
Office
Voter Hall 001
Tel
(802) 443-5556
Email
rgreeley@middlebury.edu
Office Hours
FALL 2022: Monday, 12:45-2:15, Thursday, 1:00-2:30, and by appointment

Courses Taught

Course Description

Beginning Arabic I
The goal of this course is to begin developing reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. This course stresses written and oral communication, using both formal Arabic and some Egyptian dialect. Emphasis is also placed on reading authentic texts from Arabic media sources, listening to and watching audio and video materials, and developing students' understanding of Arab culture. 6 hrs lect/disc.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

Requirements

LNG

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Course Description

Beginning Arabic II
This course is an intensive continuation of ARBC 0101. In addition to the goals stated for that course there will be extra emphasis on cultural skills during winter term. (ARBC 0101 or equivalent).

Terms Taught

Winter 2019, Winter 2021, Winter 2023

Requirements

LNG, WTR

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Course Description

Beginning Arabic III
This course is a continuation of ARBC 0102. 6 hrs. lect/disc (ARBC 0102 or equivalent)

Terms Taught

Spring 2021, Spring 2022

Requirements

LNG

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Course Description

Intermediate Arabic I
This course is a continuation of ARBC 0103. Emphasis is placed on reading authentic materials from Arabic media, expanding students' vocabulary, listening to and watching audio and video materials, and developing students' understanding of Arab culture and communicative competence. (ARBC 0103 or equivalent) 6 hrs. lect/disc

Terms Taught

Fall 2020

Requirements

LNG

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Course Description

Food Security in Lebanon
In this course we will begin with a short history of Lebanon’s agrarian to urban transition to look at its contemporary food system, asking such questions as: Who profits from the food system? How viable is agriculture in Lebanon? Does this system provide food security? This course will provide students with an understanding of how global and local political/financial systems have extracted wealth from farmers, and have left the Lebanese in a state of fluctuating food insecurity. We will look at commodity chains, crop selection, markets, farmer to farmer relations, and the role of Syrian crops entering the country. We will draw on the work of NGOs, UNEP reports, media, policy papers, and the academic literature. (ENVS 0112 or GEOG 0100 or IGST 0101 or ANTH 0103; Or by instructor approval) 3 hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Spring 2022

Requirements

AAL, MDE, SOC

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Course Description

Human-Environment Relations: Middle East
In this course we will begin with an environmental history of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, asking such questions as: How does politics affect conservation practice? To what extent are formulations of nature constructed socially and politically? Whose rights are affected by protected areas and who decides governance criteria? The objectives of this course include providing students with an understanding of human-environment relations theory by addressing the regional specifics of modern environmental and social histories of these countries. We will look at animals, water, and forests in the literature of NGOs, UNEP reports, media, policy papers, and the academic literature. (One of the following: ENVS 0112, GEOG 0100, IGST 0101, SOAN 0103; Or by approval) (not open to students who have taken FYSE 1523) 3 hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Fall 2022

Requirements

MDE, SOC

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Course Description

Advanced Arabic 1
A continuation of Arabic 0202. This course aims to help students reach an intermediate-high level of proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. Readings include articles on cultural, social, historical, political and literary topics. (ARBC 0202 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect/disc

Terms Taught

Fall 2021

Requirements

LNG

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Advanced Arabic II
This course is a continuation of Arabic 0301. It aims to help students reach an advanced level of proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing Arabic, as well as to develop further an understanding of Arab culture. Readings include articles on cultural, social, historical, political, and literary topics. Course will be conducted entirely in Arabic. (ARBC 0301 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect/disc.

Terms Taught

Spring 2019

Requirements

LNG

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Course Description

The Environmental Middle East: Forests, Rivers, and Peoples
In this course we will examine the environmental history of the Middle East and contemporary conservation practices in this region, focusing on four environmental case-studies: a contemporary conservation project in Lebanon, the Ghuta Forest of Damascus, the GAP dam project in Syria, and the marshes of Southern Iraq. We will consider these sites of contested power relations, cultural practice, and memory through the lenses of political and environmental essays, academic critiques, policy papers, historical documents, current media, and literary works. The objectives of this course: to provide students with a solid grasp of contemporary Middle Eastern environmental history, to address the key elements of cultural practice in each geographic area, and to achieve advanced proficiency in Arabic, including a mastery of environmental terminology. (ARBC 0302 or equivalent) 3 hrs. sem.

Terms Taught

Spring 2021

Requirements

LNG, MDE, SOC

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Course Description

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

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Course Description

Senior Thesis I
Approval required.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

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Course Description

Senior Thesis II
Approval required.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

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Course Description

The State and Nature: The Middle East
In this course we will study the environmental history and current environmental issues of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, asking such questions as: How do states gain power through environmental governance? How is conservation practice political? How is water governed and how is it a political tool? What is the intersection between policy, politics, and the environment? The objectives of this course include providing students with an understanding of human-environment relations theory by addressing the regional specifics of modern environmental and social histories of these countries. We will study animals, water, and forests in the literature of Non-Governmental Organizations, UN Environment reports, media, policy papers, and academic literature. 3 hrs. sem.

Terms Taught

Fall 2018

Requirements

CW, MDE, SOC

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Course Description

Middle East Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Terms Taught

Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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Course Description

Global Security Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Only)

Terms Taught

Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023

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Course Description

Global Migration and Diaspora Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Only)

Terms Taught

Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

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