Jordan: Modernization and Social Change

Examine critical issues in Jordan such as the effects of regional conflicts and an ensuing refugee crisis.

offered by SIT Study Abroad

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Please visit our website for more information. Being in the heart of the Middle East, students are able to examine Jordanian government and society as they negotiate the underpinnings of the Arab Spring and ensuing political change in neighboring countries. Students examine development projects on-location and discuss needs and operations with local experts and policy makers. Two homestays — an extended urban stay in Amman and a shorter rural stay with a Bedouin family — allow students to practice their Arabic language skills and offer the dramatic contrast necessary to contextualize modernization and social change in urban and rural Jordan. Independent Study Project Students spend the last month of the program working on an Independent Study Project (ISP) in which they conduct primary research on a selected topic. The ISP is conducted in Amman or in another approved location in Jordan appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas include: The Arab Spring, refugees, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the Jordanian internal arena Jordan and foreign policy Political power of tribes Social change through modern art The Christian population in Amman Nationalism in Jordan Women’s participation in Jordanian politics and civil society Environment, resources, and sustainable development Islam and state discourses on development NGOs and donor interaction in Jordan Freedom of expression in the Jordanian press Relationships among Jordanian youth Refugees and political change in the region

SUBJECTS

  • Arabic
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Near And Middle Eastern Language Literature And Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Social Sciences
  • Refugee Studies
  • Political Science

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