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Assistant Professor, Summer Intensive Arabic Coordinator

Abdelkader Berrahmoun
Office
IIRC Building 2
Tel
(831) 647-6500
Email
aberrahmoun@miis.edu

Professor Berrahmoun is a native of Oran, Algeria. He began his career as a language professor in Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught Arabic and French at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and a number of other educational institutions.

Berrahmoun’s classes thoughtfully and dynamically engage students in research, writing and discussion of history, religion, literature, media, cultural traditions and current affairs in the Arab world. Students demonstrate and share their individual and collaborative learning through projects such as video podcasts, digital storytelling, Arabic TED Talks, blogs, and radio shows.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past four years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

Arabic Foreign Policy and International Relations

Welcome to ARLA 8311, Arab Foreign Policy and International Relations. This course examines the intersecting roles of Arab, American and European policies affecting political, economic and security issues in the MENA region during the post WWII era.

ARLA 8311 provides theoretical tools for research and analysis. We will scrutinize how policy decisions of all three players have simultaneously shaped and responded to issues such as terrorism, arms trafficking, nuclear proliferation, control of oil resources, environmental crises and the support of authoritarian regimes. Our observations will aim to uncover alliances and common objectives as well as discord disjunction between the American, European and Arab interests.

We’ll trace the route of policy decisions that underpinned the MENA region’s post WWII succession of conflicts and crises: President Bush Sr. and Bush Jr.’s Gulf Wars, the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001 and their aftermath, the War on Terror and U.S. invasion of Iraq, the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the upheavals and revolutions of the Arab Spring movements in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria; military intervention in Libya, the rise of ISIS in Syria, Iraq and Libya; terrorist attacks in Europe, the war in Syria and resulting refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, and the Iranian nuclear program and deal. These and other political events have shaped the MENA region’s modern history.

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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Security and Development in the Francophone World

In this course, we will examine two major inter-connected themes of urgency and relevance in the contemporary Francophone world: security and development.
We’ll research and discuss complex security concerns in a rapidly changing political environment – both within France and in the wider geographical area of French influence. We will also use selected case studies to address issues of development throughout the Francophone world - including debt, sustainable economy, trade, science/technology, and education.Finally, we will explore connections between these two focus areas.

Students will improve all key language skills through activities such as discussion, use of authentic audiovisual and social media sources, creative projects, debates, guest speaker interactions and oral presentations.

Key Topics: Security

Border Control: Issues of Humanitarian Relief and National Security (illegal immigration, refugees, arms smuggling, human trafficking, etc.)

Islamophobia and Security after 9/11

French response to international terrorism, defense policies and collaboration within the European Union

Food, land and water security in an era of climate change

Key Topics: Development

Roles of the International Monetary Fund, NGOs, private and corporate sectors and World Bank in national/regional economies

Economic initiatives such as microfinance and start-ups

Women’s empowerment through education, training and family planning

Fair trade and sustainable agriculture

Science/technology

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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French Foreign Policy and International Issues

This course examines the timeline and history of French foreign policy from the period of the Indochina War and Vietnamese Independence (1954) through the present day. We will trace French involvement not only in Southeast Asia but also in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the French West Indies and Caribbean, and other regions. Our goals are to survey and better understand French policy decisions in the context of international relations, colonization, economic initiatives and the play for global dominance.

FRLA 8354 provides theoretical tools for research and analysis. We will scrutinize how French foreign policy decisions have simultaneously shaped and responded to issues such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, control of natural resources, environmental crises and the support of authoritarian regimes. Our observations will aim to uncover alliances and common objectives as well as discord between the French leadership, its foreign allies and opponents.

Students will improve all key language skills through activities such as discussion, use of authentic audiovisual and social media sources, creative projects, debates, guest speaker interactions and oral presentations.

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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This course examines six key areas of relevance to the contemporary Arab world. Students will have an opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively while researching, analyzing and synthesizing information based on the six topics as follows:

? Migration, Displacement and Immigration

? Impact of Globalization on Arab Culture

? Activism and the Arts in the Arab World

? Contemporary Arab Writers

? Education and Economic Opportunity

? Tradition and Modernity: Stability and Change

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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FRLA 8233A is designed to expand and improve students’ reading and oral language skills based on accessible, conversational topics.

Seven broad unit themes: arts and entertainment, environment, sports, cuisine, politics/current events, education/careers and travel – will provide material for reading and discussion.

We will draw from a variety of French language sources such as news articles, blogs, film excerpts, interviews and other material to access authentic written and audiovisual narratives.

Along with thematic reading, listening, discussion and class activities, students will interact with guest speakers and participate in several local field trips. Additionally, on a bi-weekly basis, students will write and present a short reflection paper based on the current topic.

Students will have a choice of several culminating interactive projects including a simulated radio show, an interview, a debate or a PowerPoint/digital storytelling presentation.

Through participation in this class, students will:

? Gain fluency in oral reading and verbal expression; improve pronunciation

? Integrate grammatical concepts into spoken language

? Show improvement in both aural and reading comprehension

? Expand topic-related vocabulary
? Improve writing skills

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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Summer 2016 Language Programs, Summer 2017 Language Programs

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Summer 2016 Language Programs, Summer 2017 Language Programs

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Areas of Interest

Professor Berrahmoun’s professional interests include the pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD candidate in Philosophy, Université Paris X-Nanterre, 1994-1996 (not completed)
  • Dissertation: “La politique et la Religion dans l’Islam Contemporain”
  • Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Philosophy, Université Paris XII-Créteil Val de Marne, 1993-1994
  • Maîtrise in Philosophy, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, 1992-1993
  • Licence in Philosophy, Université Es-Senia, Oran, Algeria, 1987-1991

Professor Berrahmoun has been teaching at the Institute since 2013.