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Course Description (Ph.D. Degree)

(1) Literature

Level 1:

Eng. 662 Issues in Literary Theory (3 Credit hrs.)

The recent developments in the theoretical study of literature, or Literary Theory, provide the framework within which a variety of issues: intertextuality, the canon, structure, the author, reader response, etc.


Eng. 657 Issues in Fiction (3 Credit hrs.)

A comprehensive overview of the field is the central aim of this course. Numerous examples from the different literary periods of English literature are examined. Although emphasis is on the novel and its development, shorter fiction is also considered. Thorough familiarity with the analysis tools of fiction will be achieved through the study of critical works that examine the craft and rhetoric of fiction.


Level 2: 

Eng. 637 Issues in Poetry (3 Credit hrs.)

The course is designed to deal with general topics related to genre, movement or period/s. Whatever the topic, the focus should remain comprehensive and the text reading extensive. In the framework of these requirements the course can be tailored to satisfy specific needs.


Eng. 684 Issues in Comparative Literature (3 Credit hrs.)

This is an advanced approach to comparative studies involving both the Theoretical as well as the applied aspects of the field. Particular attention is to be given to East-West literary relations, and more particularly to the interaction of Arabic culture and literature with other cultural and literary traditions.


Level 3: 

Eng. 647 Issues in Drama (3 Credit hrs.)

This course will be grounded on a definition of the basic elements of the dramatic form itself and the relationship between play and audience. Students will be expected to understand the special qualities possessed by plays of the major periods, their nature, strengths, and weaknesses. Final emphasis will be given to the preoccupations and modes of plays of the different periods. The course will thus stress the structure and dynamics of English and American drama through the ages.


Eng. 694 Special Author or Topic (3 Credit hrs.)

Selecting a major writer or topic, this course involves an in-depth examination of the various aspects related to its subject. The course is to be directed towards the development by the student of a thesis topic. Both the selection of the author or topic, as well as the approach, should help achieve that purpose.


Level 4: 

Eng. 700 Dissertation 



(2) Linguistics 


Level 1:

Eng. 617 Advanced Syntax (GB and & LFG) (3 Credit hrs.)

This course deals with current issues in generative grammar. Students will be introduced to the syntactic theories and basic grammatical concepts underlying GB, LFG, or both. The empirical and conceptual reasons for the gradual shifts from specific conditions on representations and transformations to general and presumably universal principles will be detailed. The conceptual framework behind the formal reasons will touch upon cross-linguistic variations in syntax, and highlight the current principles -and-parameters approach to account for these variations.


Eng. 642 Generative Phonology (2 Credit hrs.)

The course aims at teaching phonology from the generative transformational point of view. Issues dealt with include: redundancy and distinctiveness, universals of phonological systems, naturalness and markedness, the systematic phoneme, phonological processes and rules, underlying and derived representations, and the acquisition of phonology.


Eng. 680  Computers in Linguistic Research (2 Credit hrs.)

This is a practical course which attempts to familiarize the students with quantitative linguistics and the potential applications of computers in phonological, lexical and syntactic analysis. Methods of corpus selection and storage and packages of linguistic analysis will be introduced and experimented with. The students will also be introduced to examples of research projects, such as the Brown University Corpus, the UCREL of the University of Lancaster, and Co-build Project of the University of Birmingham.


Level 2:

Eng. 613 Semantics and Pragmatics (3 Credit hrs.)

This course looks at language from two different but interrelated perspectives. The semantic component will comprehensively survey the different theories of meaning at an advanced level. This should include referential, ideational, behavioral, generative and use theories. The Whorfian hypothesis and semantic universals as well as prepositional logic are also to be included.


Eng. 626 Topics in Sociolinguistics (2 Credit hrs.)

Three main areas of sociolinguistics will be dealt with: language variation, language planning, and interactional sociology of language. Topics covered will include: dialects, multingualism, bilingualism, diglossia, and creolization, language policies, standard and national languages and Arabization, communicative competence, and the interrelationship among speakers, society, and situations.


Eng. 682 Translation Theory (2 Credit hrs.)

The main topics of this course comprise the different approaches to translation, its nature, types, problems, and evaluation.  Issues discussed include; the relation between thought, meaning and language; the universal, cultural and individual aspects of language; literary and technical translation,  problems of different types of meaning, polysemy, metaphor, ambiguity, names of institutions; appropriate methods for translation of different text categories; principles, rules, and hints for translating and evaluating translations.


Level 3: 

Eng. 643 Discourse Analysis (2 Credit hrs.)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the different approaches to discourse analysis, the stylistic properties of different types of text genres, and the linguistic approach which offers the potential to consider both text and context in an integrated manner, namely Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). Students are introduced into the ideational and the interpersonal linguistic tools, in addition to the textual tools that organize a text. They explore the role of different cohesive devices and the system of Theme and Information structure. Finally, students employ these tools in the analyses of multimodal written texts.


Eng. 681 Topics in Psycholinguistics (2 Credit hrs.)

The aim of this course is to survey and discuss current research in the field of perception, production and comprehension of language as well as language development. The topics include: biological foundations of language; nature of comprehension and production processes and memory for the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic components of language inferencing; language impairment; language and thought.


Eng. 683 A Special Subject in Linguistics (2Credit hrs.)

The aim of this course is to broaden the scope of the program and to accommodate the needs of individual candidates. It is designed to study a particular subject in general or applied linguistics (other than the ones dealt with in the regular program), These include field methods, lexicography, terminology, historical linguistics, field methods, etc.


Level 4:

Eng 700 Dissertation 

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