Fall 2023 Middle East GU4640 section 001

Advanced Urdu


Call Number 10300
Day & Time
TR 6:10pm-8:00pm
104 Knox Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Aftab Ahmad
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description Prerequisites: Two years of prior study in Urdu or one year of Urdu for Heritage Speakers I&II courses at Columbia University, or approval of the professor. This is a one-semester course in advanced Urdu language. It will be taught in the fall semester. The goal of the course is to develop students’ linguistic skills i.e. listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural skills in Urdu, and give students in-depth exposure to some of the finest works of classical and modern Urdu prose. Special emphasis will be given to developing a high-register vocabulary. Necessary grammar points will also be explained for developing an accurate and nuanced understanding of the Urdu language. After completing this course, students will be able to read and enjoy Urdu classics and critical academic texts related to various disciplines i.e. old tales, short stories, essays, history, satire, criticism, politics, current issues etc. along with effective speaking skills suited to active interaction in the speech community and a more advanced academic discussion for undergraduate and graduate students. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of South Asian society and culture as well. This course will prepare students to take MDES GU4635 Readings in Urdu Literature I.
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Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 8 students (15 max) as of 9:07PM Monday, July 22, 2024
Subject Middle East
Number GU4640
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Fee $10 Hindi Materials Fe
Fee $15 Language Resource
Section key 20233MDES4640W001