Community Classes Spring 2016

Georgetown University in Qatar is pleased to offer a wide variety of community classes for the public in Qatar. Classes start the week of March 6 and are offered in the evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM for six weeks. 

Classes are open to adult male and female participants over the age of 18. Each course consists of six classes and students who successfully participate in a minimum of five out of six classes will receive a certificate of participation. Please note that these courses are NOT credit-bearing and therefore ineligible for transfer towards any formal degree or program.

More information about Community Classes can be obtained by calling +974 4457 8420  Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM or emailing cee-q[at]georgetown.edu.

Community classes are also offered at Education City by Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. Please click here to find out more about their program.

Registration for spring 2016 courses is closed now. Thank you for your interest in Georgetown University in Qatar Community Classes Program.

 

Class Schedule

Religion, Peace and Violence Digital Magazine & Book Design Understanding: Islamic Manuscripts: Texts & Sciences Understanding Digital Marketing Perspectives on Islam & Human Rights Women in IslamIntro to Public Finance Career & Life Design Wordpress: Your Website made Easy  Understanding Digital Marketing The Quest for Wisdom- East & West

 

 

Religion, Peace & Violence

The purpose of this course is to give students an understanding of religiously motivated violence in the world day and the scriptural, historical, political, and psychological dimensions around it. The course will enable students to understand why, how, and when religion becomes violent. It will explore the intertwining of religion and violence from a comparative perspective by giving considerable attention to religiously motivated violence as well as religious resources used for overcoming violence and fostering peace and reconciliation in our contemporary world. The course is divided into three areas of inquiry that are pursued simultaneously: case studies, modalities of religious violence, and religious resources for peace.

Days: Sunday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm*

Start: Sunday, March 6

End: Sunday, April 17

*No class on Sunday, March 27*

Language: English

Taught by: Dr. Akin Akinade
​University: Georgetown University in Qatar

 

Digital Magazine & Book Design

This course will introduce students to the concepts of magazine and book design, the latest trends in graphic design, and software to self-publish a variety of documents in both print and digital formats. Students will learn foundational graphic design concepts using mainstream publication software like Adobe InDesign and Acrobat. The course will also cover how to incorporate multimedia in publications and how to produce content in both print and digital formats. Most concepts will be demonstrated using Adobe InDesign, but all examples can be extrapolated to a variety of different tools.

Days: Sunday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Sunday,March 6

End: Sunday, April 17

*No class on Sunday, March 27*

Language: English

Taught by: Robert Laws
​University: Georgetown University in Qatar

 

Understanding Islamic Manuscripts: Texts & Science

This introductory course will map the major sciences, disciplines, ideas, books, texts and authors that shaped the Islamic civilization. The course will allow students to explore the Islamic intellectual heritage from the origin to the modern era. It is a tour of cultural history based on the Islamic book manuscript, and the sciences within it. It begins by tracing fundamental perspectives of heritage, related terms and concepts, and proceeds with exploring different contemporary discourses and approaches on Arabic-Islamic heritage, and their role in modern life. After a fast survey of written cultural forms, we concentrate on the book (manuscript) tradition and outline its textual and physical aspects. A cultural history of the Qur’an and Hadith documentation and following authorship is outlined, as well as issues in reading and publishing history.

Days: Sunday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Sunday, March 6

End: Sunday, April 17

*No class on Sunday, March 27*

Language: Arabic

Taught by: Mr. Mahmoud Zaki

University: Georgetown University in Qatar

 

فهم المخطوطات الإسلامية: النصوص والعلوم  


تسعى هذه الدورة التمهيدية إلى رسم خريطة معرفية عامة لأهم العلوم، والأفكار، والكتب، والنصوص، والمؤلفين الذين صاغوا معالم الحضارة الإسلامية. تأخذ الدورة الطلاب في رحلة استكشافية للتعرف على التُّراث الفكري الإسلامي من النشأة إلى بدايات العصر الحديث. وتعتمد هذه الرحلة على التاريخ الثقافي، متمثِّلاً في الكتاب الإسلامي المخطوط، والعلوم التي يحويها. وهي رحلة تبدأ بإثارة النقاش حول قضايا تأسيسة في موضوع التراث العربي الإسلامي، والمصطلحات والمفاهيم المتصلة، ومناهج التعامل معه. ومن ذلك إثارة أسئلة، مثل: لماذا الاهتمام بالتراث؟ وما فائدته وإضافته للحياة المعاصرة؟ وتركز الدورة، عقب استعراض سريع لأشكال الكتابة، على الكتاب المخطوط وتقاليده، في جانبيه النَّصي والمادي. كما تتناول تاريخ الكتابة والكتاب، بدأً من تدوين القرآن والسنة، مرورًا بالتأليف والترجمة، وصولاً إلى القراءة وانتقال المعرفة.

 

الايام: الأحد من  6:30 مساء حتي 8:30 مساء

إبتداء من : الأحد 6 مارس 2016

حتى: الأحد 17 أبريل 2016

لا يوجد صف يوم الأحد 27 مارس 2016

باللغة: العربية

المحاضر: السيد محمود زكي

الجامعة: جامعة جورجتاون في قطر

 

Understanding Digital Marketing (Section 1)

In this course students will learn how to utilize the latest digital techniques to market their business or personal brand. They will get a look at the behind-the-scenes advertising tools from companies like Facebook and Google and see how to leverage them to maximum effect. Students will also learn how online tracking works and what can be done to increase digital privacy. Course objectives include:

  • understanding how and where the majority of consumers are spending online time
  • integrating digital initiatives using websites, social media, search, ads and mobile
  • predicting digital media's expanding role in the traditional marketing mix
  • learning how to use digital to level the field for a business or a personal brand
  • understanding each of the top digital properties and their strengths and weaknesses
  • understanding digital media to leverage personal and professional reputations
  • developing and planing a digital promotional campaign

Days: Monday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Monday, March 7

End: Monday, April 11

Language: English
Taught by: Mr. Nino Kader
​Title: CEO, Spark Digital

 

Perspectives on Islam and Human Rights

This course aims to introduce participants to what can be broadly termed “modern human rights culture.” It examine the extent to which Islam is deemed essential for the promotion and legitimization of this culture in the Muslim world. It starts with the emergence and evolution of this culture as well as early political and institutional responses to it within the Muslim context. It proceeds with the development of several Islamic/Muslim discourses on the relationship between Islam and human rights with special attention to the intellectual foundations of each of these discourses and also their distinctive arguments. By examining multiple constructions of authority, agency, and legitimacy, the course defies one-sided and unidimensional treatments of this complex issue.

Days: Monday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Monday, March 7

End: Monday, April 11

Language: English

Taught by: Dr. Ayman Shabana

​University: Georgetown University in Qatar

 

Women in Islam: A Contemporary Vision

This course looks at the gender issues from an Islamic perspective. It examines women’s questions related to Islam and contemporary Muslim culture and scholarship. It explores the status of women in Islamic thought and practice from five perspectives: women’s position in Islamic theology, jurisprudence, history, Islamic feminism, activism and lived realities. 

Days: Monday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Start: Monday, March 7

End: Monday, April 11

Language: English

Taught by: Dr. Hatoon Al-Fassi

University: Qatar University

 

Intro to Public Finance

This course is a step by step guide on the key fundamentals of public and governmental budget preparation, understanding "results oriented budgets", focused on key criteria, results and identified departmental goals. It will allow students to learn how to examine, assess, determine and measure intelligent public finance goals, in line with the Qatar Vision 2030. Course objectives include:

  • fundamental step by step guidance on public/governmental sector budget preparation
  • how to identify directorate and departmental financial goals
  • how to examine and assess the goals in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 targets
  • understanding budget types and characteristics
  • review of government resources & expenses
  • best ways to invest budget surpluses
  • how to deal with budget shortages
  • key elements of budget legislation (Do’s and Don’ts)
  • highlights of budget negotiations skill development
  • review practical case studies

Days: Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Tuesday, March 8

End: Tuesday, April 12

Language: Arabic
Taught by: Dr. Mahfooz AlSaadi

Title: Financial Advisor, Qatar Foundation
 

الموازنة العامة للدولة

 تسعى هذه الدورة لتعليم الأسس الرئيسية لإعداد الموازنة العامة للدوله و تعلم كيفية فحص وتقييم وتحديد وقياس أهداف المالية العامة ، وذلك تمشيا مع رؤية قطر 2030.

 محتويات ومحاور الدورة

  • ما هية الموازنة العامة؟ خصائصها وأهميتها.
  • الميزانية العامة و الموازنة العامة للدولة.
  • المبادئ الاساسية للموازنة العامة للدولة، تقسيمتها وأنواعها.
  • رؤية قطر 2030 م وأثرها في واقع الموازنة العامة للدولة
  • موارد الموازنة العامة للدولة و نفقتها.
  • عجز الموازنة العامة للدولة - آلية وطرق المعالجة.
  • فائض الموازنة العامة للدولة ، طرق الاستثمار وادارة الفائض
  • مراحل التحضير والاعداد للموازنة العامة للدولة.
  • الاحكام القانونية للموازنة العامة.
  • الموازنات التقديرية.
  • حالات عملية.

الايام: الثلاثاء من 6:30 مساء حتي 8:30 مساء

إبتداء من : الثلاثاء 8 مارس 2016

حتى: الثلاثاء 12 أبريل 2016

باللغة: العربية

المحاضر: الدكتور محفوظ السعدي -مستشار مالي بمؤسسة قطر

 

Career & Life Design

This course provides an innovative and creative way of thinking and methods in designing a career and life that are successful and extraordinary for each individual. Whether the class participant is looking to start, restart or jumpstart their career or further their current professional role, this course equips them to design a blueprint for their vision in a supportive environment. Students will also learn various frameworks and tools in how to adapt to the current market reality. At the end of the course, participants will walk away with a personally tailored career and life plan, their personal career roadmap, and knowledge that can be applied now and or in the future. This course is highly interactive and includes in-class exercises, seminar-style discussions, short reading assignments, reflections, and two  individualized career coaching sessions.

Days: Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Tuesday, March 8

End: Tuesday, April 12

Language: English
Taught by: Ms. Sandy Kim
University: Georgetown University in Qatar

 

WordPress: Your Website made Easy

In this course students will learn how to create a compelling website to showcase their personal & professional interests and accomplishments with WordPress. Students will learn the ins and outs of WordPress including installation, working with the administrative panel, creating posts and pages, adding images and media including documents, updating and/or removing content, working with themes to change the look & feel of the website, creating menus to control navigation and linking, making use of plugins to enhance the standard WordPress site, and how to maintain a website over time.

Days: Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Tuesday, March 8

End: Tuesday, April 12

Language: English
Taught by: Mr. Robert Laws
​University: Georgetown University in Qatar

 

Understanding Digital Marketing (Section 2)

In this course students will learn how to utilize the latest digital techniques to market their business or personal brand. Students will get a look at the behind-the-scenes advertising tools from companies like Facebook and Google and see how they can leverage them to maximum effect. They will learn how online tracking works and what can be done to increase digital privacy. Course objectives include:

  • understanding how and where the majority of consumers are spending online time
  • integrating digital initiatives using websites, social media, search, ads and mobile
  • predicting digital's expanding role in the traditional marketing mix
  • learning how to use digital to level the field for business or personal brands
  • understanding each of the top digital properties and their strengths and weaknesses
  • understanding digital media to leverage personal and professional reputations
  • developing and planing a digital promotional campaign

Days: Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Wednesday, March 9

End: Wednesday, April 13

Language: English
Taught by: Mr. Nino Kader
​Title: CEO, Spark Digital

 

The Quest for Wisdom-East & West

Who Am I? This basic question has resonated through human history as a major theme of inquiry, reflection and search. The invitation to search for one's most real and deepest Self has been the main focus of wisdom traditions all over the world. This course is an exploration of some of the main ways in which the knowledge of oneself has been approached and conceived as the height or core of wisdom. In this course, we will examine the commonalities among these visions of the Self, but also the specificity and differences of the ways it has been experienced. Our main focuses of discussion will be: Who or what is the real Self? How does one know oneself? The Self: one or many? What is the Self in psychology, philosophy, and spirituality? What is the relevance of Self-knowledge today? Throughout the course, we will read and discuss texts from India, Western Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

Days: Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Start: Wednesday, March 9

End: Wednesday, April 13

Language: English
Taught by: Dr. Patrick Laude
University: Georgetown University in Qatar