Community Classes Fall 2021

All students who successfully participate in all four classes receive a certificate of completion. Community classes are not credit-bearing and are ineligible for transfer toward any formal degree or program at GU-Q. The cost for each course is $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.  e-Payment must be made at the time of registration, online, using either VISA or Mastercard.

Please note the below COVID-19 restrictions and the building entry restrictions.

There will be temperature checks, Ehteraz app checks, and I.D. checks upon entering the building.
• You must present your Qatar ID card
• You must register a temperature of less than 38° C
• All people attending the community classes must be vaccinated
• You must present a green verification with a gold border on the Ehteraz app

SUNDAY

Instructor: Fatema Hubail

Language: English

Class: starts Sunday, October 24, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Sunday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

Art, fiction, and creative mediums have long existed in the heart of Arab resistance. From political cartoons, to (not so) subtle satirical comments and controversial literature, Arabs on the margins across history utilized various creative forms of nonviolent resistance to confront authoritarian regimes. 

This course focuses on the informal, nonviolent, satirical, and creative forms of resistance—ones that continue to linger in our cultural memory, and continue to reemerge as the preferred medium of resistance for many Arabs. This course focuses on creative resistance in the forms of art, satire, music, poetry, and literature. Through this course, students will be introduced to concepts of marginalities and marginalization, vulnerabilities, and gendered and political subjectivities. On the other end of this spectrum, students will also be able to engage with creative sources that confront power structures. 

Students will be introduced to critical theories pertaining to culture, politics, and the history of resistance outside the framework of protests, civil disobedience, and violent resistance. Through looking at the margins, the class will be engaging with what it means to be a citizen in the Arab nation state, and in the ways citizens have challenged the state’s notion of citizenry through creativity in an attempt to reclaim their rights. 

By focusing on the Arab World, specifically from the Arab Spring onwards, students will be able to identify the ways in which non-violent resistance have carved a space for rights, liberties, and humanities to be acknowledged, confronted, and questioned. Although the focus will primarily be from 2011 to the present, many of these forms of resistance are rooted in other social movements throughout history. Through drawing connections between the past and the present, students will engage with different sources ranging from dystopian satire to poetry. 

Additionally, this course will delve into ways in which creative expressions and narratives have confronted state policies and dominant narratives in an effort to bring marginalized experiences to the center of our knowledge. 

About the Instructor:

Fatema M. Hubail graduated from Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) in 2015 with  a   BSFS in International Politics. She pursued an MA in Women, Society and Development (WSD) at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). At HBKU, she supported faculty with research and teaching. Fatema published a chapter on dystopian satire  entitled  “From  Kuwait’s  Margins  to  Tolaytila’s Mainstream: Sheno Ya3ni Challenging Social Positioning through Dystopian Satire” in Creative Resistance: Political Humor in the Arab Uprisings (2021). She is currently a teaching assistant at GU-Q supporting faculty in the fields of philosophy, history, culture, politics, and gender.

Instructor: Dr. Firat Oruc

Language: English

Class: starts Sunday, October 24, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Sunday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course: 

This course is designed as an introduction to the conventions of effective academic writing. Students will learn strategies of writing and revising essays; adapting writing for an audience; organizing information into a persuasive and coherent essay; and understanding elements of style and grammar. Participants will be expected to write weekly, preparing drafts of their essays and revising their work. In turn, students can expect to receive ample written and oral responses from the instructor and their course peers.

About the Instructor:

Firat Oruc is Assistant Professor of World Literature at Georgetown University in Qatar. His publishing, research and teaching specialties center on the multidisciplinary intersections of modern world literature, postcolonial global literatures, cultural and literary studies of the Middle East, translation studies, and world cinema. 

Before joining GU-Q, he taught in the Comparative Literary Studies program at Northwestern University (2011-2013) and the departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles (2010-2011). Oruc was born in Mardin, Turkey, and holds degrees from Boğaziçi (Bosphorus) University (B.A.), State University of New York (M.A.), and Duke University (Ph.D.).

Course Title: The Almighty and the Mighty: Engaging the Power of Religion in Diplomacy

Instructor: Dr. Akintunde Akinade

Language: English

Class: starts Sunday, October 24, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Sunday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

Our global landscape is heavily defined by complex religious currents and movements. These constellations have played pivotal roles in diplomacy, policy-making, and interpersonal encounters. In several contexts, religion has been weaponized for violence, peace, and diplomacy. The ambivalence of religion is indeed a global phenomenon. 

This course will examine the multifarious roles of religion in four different contexts: South Africa, Tibet, Palestine, and the U.S. The class is designed to offer students the opportunity to reflect on how religion has aggravated and assuaged relationships and encounters in different contexts. The South African case study examines the response of progressive Christians to Apartheid. The Kairos document provides a candid testimony of the revolutionary response to the specter and spectacle of Apartheid in South Africa. Tibetan Buddhism offers a religious response to the presence of China in Tibet. The case study will focus on the articulation of piety and spirituality in the midst of an aggressive occupation. The Palestinian context is complex. It is sated with several narratives that highlight the roles of religion for justifying structural violence and for mobilizing people for peace. The responses of the U.S. to Islam offers a compelling heuristic tool for engaging the intersection between religion and policymaking. 

The course uses some of the salient themes and paradigms in Liberation Theology to tease out the prophetic roles of religion in a world filled with conflicts, aggression, and injustice. It also grapples with how the rhetoric concerning the sacred has been used to respond to the mighty in different contexts.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Akintunde Akinade is Professor at Georgetown University in Qatar. Before coming to Georgetown, he taught courses in comparative religions, Christian thought, and Christian-Muslim relations at High Point University in High Point, NC, for twelve years. He has also taught at Wesleyan University, College of New Rochelle, and New York Theological Seminary. He earned his B.A. in Religious Studies from Obafemi Awolowo University, M.Div. from Southern Methodist University, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. His research focuses on Christian-Muslim relations, African religions, religion and immigration, and inter-cultural studies.

MONDAY

Instructor: Dr. Fadi Nasser

Language: English/Arabic

Class:  starts Monday, October 25, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Monday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

We are living through a tremendous inflection point in the history of mankind brought on by the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Executives and leaders-to-be need to grasp the new digital realities reshaping the world of business and politics today. 

The main milestones for this course include allowing participants to understand the 4th Industrial Revolution, analyze technology trends, compare new economic realities as a result of the technology adaptation, grasp the new business models, and understand how classic industries are adapting to survive against agile upstarts.

The course will also allow participants to explore the rapidly accelerating trends in innovation and technology. They will also gain an understanding of their implications for participants as leaders, and an understanding of the intersection points of innovation, technology, politics and business trends in order to to drive strategic change across society, country and the organization.This exploration will utilize a mixture of leadership and management topics mixed with financial and technology models.

About the Instructor:

As Chief Commercial officer, Dr. Fadi Nasser is responsible for the management of all commercial activities at MEEZA, a Qatar Foundation joint venture, including sales, pre-sales, marketing, alliances, bid management, advanced services and commercial strategy. Prior to joining MEEZA, Fadi founded the new ICT business unit at Omantel, part of the Omantel-Zain group across the GCC, the MENA region’s 3rd largest telco group by revenue, serving as General Manager and Senior advisor to the CEO. There, he delivered one of the region’s most successful telecom digital transformations, leading the ICT group, joining the boards of Joint Ventures, and aligning subsidiaries to bring clients an unprecedented integrated value. The group introduced services ranging from cloud computing to big data, IOT platforms to Blockchain, Big Data analytics and smart contact centres. Prior to moving to Oman, Fadi served as Chief Alliances Officer at MEEZA.

عنوان الدورة

مبادئ إدارة الطوارئ والكوارث

المحاضر: حسين الدباشي

لغة الدراسة: العربية

تبدء الدورة يوم الأثنين 25 اكتوبر 2021

محاضرة واحدة أسبوعيا كل أثنين لمدة أربعة أسابيع من 6.30 مساءا إلى 8.30 مساء

السعر: 530 دولاراً / 1935 ريالاً قطرياً. إذا كنت عضوًا في مؤسسة قطر ، فستحصل على خصم وسيكون السعر 425 دولارًا / 1552 ريالًا قطريًا

معلومات عن الدورة

عند وقوع الأزمات و الكوارث، يجب أن يكون الخبراء على استعداد للتدخل السريع للاستجابة والتقليل من المخاطر والآثار وكذلك التعافي من العواقب، وذلك  من أجل وحماية الأرواح والممتلكات. تقدم هذه الدورة للدارسين نظرة عامة على مجال إدارة الطوارئ والكوارث. وسوف تغطي النظرية والأطر المتعلقة بها إضافة الى التحديات، وأنواع الكوارث، والاتجاهات، والخطط المستقبلية. وسوف تمكن الطلاب من فهم مختلف التحديات والوكالات العاملة في المجال والأدوار والهياكل الدولية في إدارة الطوارئ والكوارث، فضلاً عن الأسباب والاتجاهات ونقاط الضعف الفريدة في الكوارث الطبيعية وتلك التي من صنع الإنسان والأزمات الإنسانية وتلك المتعلقة بالصحة العامة

معلومات عن المحاضر

على مدار السنوات الخمس الماضية يتقلد حسين الدباشي منصب مدير الإسكان والسلامة والأمن في جامعة جورجتاون في قطر. وهو حاصل على درجة البكالوريوس في الشؤون الدولية من جامعة قطر وماجستير في إدارة الأعمال مع التخصص في إدارة الأعمال الدولية من جامعة ماكدونو التابعة لجامعة جورجتاون بواشنطن دي سي. في أغسطس 2018 حصل على درجة الماجستير في إدارة الطوارئ والكوارث الدولية  من كلية الدراسات المتواصلة بجامعة جورجتاون. تزخر حياته المهنية لأكثر من 16 عاما أمضاها بين الولايات المتحدة وقطر ويتمتع بخبرات دولية متعددة في مجال الأمن والسلامة حيث يتولى إدارة مسؤولية سلامة وأمن المئات من العاملين بجامعة جورجتاون في قطر

Instructor: Andrew Henley

Language: English

Class: starts Monday, October 25, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Monday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

This course is designed to highlight the prevalence and consequences of corruption schemes in business. Corruption schemes are a subset of fraud and are typified by acts of collusion as well as underlying flaws in corporate culture. The course will use real-world examples of corruption schemes as case studies for the broader discussion of fraud and fraud theory. The intention of the course is to demonstrate the cost of corruption and to provide students with concepts for identifying and mitigating corruption schemes.

About the Instructor:

Andrew Henley has worked in university administration for over 20 years. He has worked at Georgetown University and George Washington University in Washington, DC.  For the past two years he has served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at GU-Q.  Mr. Henley is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds an MBA from Georgetown University, and a B.A. and M.A. in History from Portland State University.

TUESDAY

Dr. Matthias Krug

Language: English

Class: starts Tuesday, October 26, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Tuesday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

This interactive course aims to offer participants a comprehensive overview of the different genres and techniques of creative writing, and how they may enhance their own writing ideas and create new impact related to their writing skill sets. Participants will gain an understanding of the processes involved in editing and publishing, and deliver a final product which will be in the form of a creative writing idea developed throughout the course.

About the Instructor:

Matthias Krug is an author and journalist who was born and raised in Qatar, where he liveswith his family. Matthias has written extensively about football, society, politics and culture for over 18 years for some of the biggest publications around the world. His book titled Journeys on a Football Carpet, published by HBKU Press in Qatar, won awards at the International Book Awards and Living Now Awards. His creative short stories have been published in literary magazines across numerous countries.

Instructor: Aya ElSettawi

Language: English

Class: Starts Tuesday, October 26, 2021

 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Tuesday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

This course offers a critical introduction to global financial issues that goes far beyond what appears in mainstream textbooks and the business press. Recently, there have been progressive critiques of the current crisis-prone financial system that is dominated by multinational corporations and which may have led to more inequality. Participants will explore progressive theoretical models that provide a critique of this financial system. The course will  also allow students to understand the relationship between the financial sector and the “real economy” with regards to economic development, analyze financial organizations, and identify the social consequences of financialization.

About the Instructor:

Aya El-Settawi has been a teaching assistant at Georgetown University in Qatar since 2019. She earned a Master’s of Science in Global Economic Policy Analysis at SOAS University of London. Her research interests include current global economic governance, international monetary and financial integration, international production, international trade and international competitiveness, and the role of labor in the global economy. She is currently focused on analyzing the role of changing political configurations in the emergence of contemporary structures of global economic governance. Her current appointment as a teaching assistant at Georgetown allows her to provide an additional layer of support for students and to encourage proactive student contributions to ideas for classroom engagement. As an academic, she is committed to helping students with an interest in global affairs gain the critical skills needed to analyze and understand the forces that shape global economic policy and their impacts.

Instructor:  Dr. Danyel Reiche

Language: English 

Class: starts Tuesday, October 26, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Tuesday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

The highly anticipated Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the first World Cup in the Middle East. This course will explore the implications of staging “the world’s greatest sporting event” on the social, political, and economic development of Qatar as well as on regional and global affairs.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Danyel Reiche joined Georgetown University Qatar in Summer 2020 as a Visiting Associate Professor. This marks his second appointment at Georgetown, having held the role of Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown’s campus in Washington, DC, in 2006 and 2007. He is on leave from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon where he is a tenured Associate Professor of Comparative Politics. Dr. Reiche graduated with distinction from Leibniz University in Germany. His past research has focused on two areas: energy and sport policy and politics, with the latter his recent priority. Danyel Reiche is the faculty lead of the GU-Q/CIRS Research Initiative “Building a Legacy: Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022” (https://cirs.qatar.georgetown.edu/research/research-initiatives/building-legacy-qatar-fifa-world-cup-2022/).

Instructor: Laura Hiatt

Language: English

Class: starts Tuesday, October 26, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Tuesday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

Most people think a leader is a person who has a certain title or position—they have direct reports, manage a team, lead a project, or hold an office. But the truth is, every one of us is a leader, and every interaction we have with another human is a leadership interaction. A great leader is someone who knows themselves thoroughly and is completely clear on what is most important. In this course, participants will explore four areas of self-leadership that unlock exponential effectiveness and fulfillment. The course will utilize co-active coaching methods in group and individual formats combined with personal exploration through exercises and question prompts, assessment tools, reflection, and journaling. 

About the Instructor:

Laura Hiatt is an experienced educator and leadership coach with over ten years of experience leading major projects and cultivating leaders in organizations in the U.S. and Qatar. As Associate Director of Academic Services at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) she oversees undergraduate academic support programs, manages a training and development program for tutors and Teaching Assistants, and leads the First Year Experience program supporting new students’ transition to university. Additionally, Laura works with ambitious, high-performing, purpose-driven leaders from across industries and the world supporting people to turn their strengths into superpowers and take action to create personal and professional fulfillment. Laura earned her Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in political science and Certificate in public administration from Providence College.

WEDNESDAY

Instructor: Zarqa Parvez

Language: English

Class:  starts Wednesday, October 27,

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Wednesday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

This course aims to explore and examine nationalism and national identity construction in the Gulf states post-independence from an interdisciplinary perspective, and covers some of the latest changes and developments in the region. Gulf states are fairly young states with unique demographics, specific histories, and multi-layered identities. This course will enable students to understand some of the complexities of the nationalism and national identity constructions in the Gulf and evaluate the progress, gaps, and directions. Nationalism and national identity

will be studied through various factors including conflict, migration, politics, media, culture, citizenship, gendered identities, sports, and the coronavirus pandemic. 

The course will start with general theory on the topic and then move towards specific case studies of Gulf countries. The readings selected for this course are a combination of international scholars and local experts in the area to provide a wide range of perspectives on a complex topic and to root it within contextual realities of the region. The course will be interactive and encourage innovative learning experience and teaching methods with the use of videos, blogs, and social media. The course will aim to engage with local scholars in the field as guest speakers in specific classes.

About the Instructor:

Zarqa is a Ph.D. student at Durham University. Her research focus includes: Nationalism, National Identity, Women, and State and Society in the Gulf Region. She was a lecturer in the Middle Eastern Studies department at the College of Humanities and Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Some of her past research projects include women and the status quo in Saudi Arabia, among other projects on public policy and identity. She has also organized academic conferences and led independent research projects relating to development of education and youth in Qatar. She is a contributor to Middle East Monitor, where she regularly publishes academic opinion pieces on relevant political and social issues and developments in the Middle East.

Instructor: Dr. Anjana Jacob

Language: English

Class: starts Wednesday, October 27, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Wednesday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

This course is an introduction to logic that examines the characteristics of valid and cogent arguments. The objective is to provide participants with the basic tools with which to critically examine a piece of reasoning, and to learn how to distinguish good arguments from poor ones.

The course will provide an overview of some of the key features of both deductive and inductive reasoning. The course will look at the structure of syllogistic arguments, hypothetical arguments, and causal reasoning. Time will also be spent analyzing everyday fallacies such as the straw man fallacy and ad hominem fallacies. The technical aspects of logic will be kept to a bare minimum in this course.

About the Instructor:

Anjana Jacob is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University in Qatar, where she has been teaching since 2014. Dr. Jacob studied philosophy at the University of Delhi and the University of Cambridge, prior to receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jacob’s area of specialization is metaphysics and epistemology in contemporary analytic philosophy. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses, from feminist philosophy to formal logic.

Instructor:  Dr. Uday Chandra

Language: English 

Class:  starts Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Wednesday four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

This course takes the ongoing COVID-19 crisis worldwide to think through the politics of pandemics at large. The course will start with a brief overview of microbes such as bacteria and viruses and why they are both indispensable and threatening to us. To understand how microbes change politics and society dramatically, participants will then proceed to analyze two historical case studies of the Black Death in medieval Europe and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-20. Lastly, we will dwell on challenges posed today by viruses to our bodies and economies, particularly why the current pandemic is unlikely to be the last we shall see in our lifetimes.  

About the Instructor:

Uday Chandra is an Assistant Professor of Government. He received his B.A. in economics from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2013. He received the 2013 Sardar Patel Award for writing the best dissertation in a U.S. university on any aspect of modern South Asia. Before coming to Doha, he held a prestigious research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany. Uday’s research lies at the intersection between critical agrarian studies, political anthropology, postcolonial theory, and South Asian studies. He is interested in state-society relations, power and resistance, political violence, agrarian change, rural-urban migration, popular religion, and the philosophy of the social sciences. 

Instructor:  Nino Kader

Language: English 

Class: starts Wednesday, October 27, 2021

6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., one class weekly every Wednesday for four weeks 

Price: $530/QR1935. If you are part of Qatar Foundation, you will get a discount and the price will be  $425 / QR1552.

About the Course:

This exciting course examines how and why Google is #1 in ten key areas (search, maps, email, translation, browsers, ads, images, video, smart TV, and mobile phone OS). It is truly a global behemoth.

Participants will gain a better understanding of how Google works and how it generates revenues for itself and others. Students will learn tips and strategies to use Google more effectively to advertise or promote a business or personal brand.

About the Instructor:

Nino Kader has over twenty years of experience in digital marketing, PR and strategic communications with a decade of international focus. He has led successful multimillion dollar online campaigns for major brands and organizations. He has taught multiple sessions of Understanding Digital Marketing for GU-Q Community Classes. Nino Kader has appeared on TV numerous times to discuss tech related topics involving Google, Facebook, Twitter, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. He was featured on the front page of The Washington Post as well as Le Monde, Newsweek, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Wired Magazine, and The Harvard Political Review