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This is a theory and practical course aiming to develop students’ understanding of the basics of the Stock Market, Money Market, and how the entire financial market works. The course consists of definitions of important financial concepts, valuation of financial assets, and price determination in the financial markets. It utilizes qualitative and quantitative information in introducing financial markets to students. This course aims to develop students’ understanding of the basic principles of financial markets and provides an introduction to how assets are valued and traded in those markets. Topics covered may include stocks markets, bonds markets, exchange rate markets, commodities markets, and digital currency markets. The course instructor may cover some of these topics in more detail than other topics according to student interest. 

This course offers students an introduction and overview to the aesthetic, political, intellectual, social, economic and cultural developments of world civilization since 1450 through a series of in-depth encounters with primary texts. The course will include readings from a variety of humanistic disciplines with an emphasis on global reach and cross-cultural comparison. Students will apply their skills in critical reading, analytical thought process and argumentative writing to the composition of three research papers. This course is part of the core program. In this iteration of CIV204, particular emphasis will be put on how modern world history has defined or reflected upon (the) human being(s). We will continually go back and forth between zooming in on the human being as such, and zooming out to the phenomenological, social, political, aesthetic and technological circles that surround it. The course teaches methods of critical thinking and of philological & logical analysis. 


The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the idea of modernity, its history and its impact on human societies. As such, this course will focus on the historical facts and cultural evolution, as well as industrial and technological revolution that took the humanity by surprise. The course is a balanced mixture of scholarly readings, in-depth analysis and academic discussion among the group to encourage critical thinking and develop the skills to understand, conduct scholarly research and communicate intellectual ideas with empathy, clarity and respect.  The second goal of the course is to understand the culture of strategic violence and evolution in the idea of gender roles in modern societies.

The waters of Tigris and Euphrates have given birth to many ancient civilizations. This piece of land stretching from the Persian Gulf to Armenia and from the Hakkari Mountains to the Syrian Desert was one of the most fertile regions of the world. The availability of sweet waters in abundance and one of the very few sites of early organized agricultural practices made it extremely attractive to many other kingdoms. It encouraged Sumerians, Semites, Egyptians, Hyksos, Kassites, Assyrians, Greeks, Sasanians and others to invade and establish their dynasties.

This was the beginning of “might is right” rule in the ancient Middle East, and now it has become one of the most polarized regions of the world. Up to 45 million Kurds are one of the largest nations of the world that does not have their own country. Having a very rich political, social and economic past in the ancient Mesopotamian region, Kurds have come to a point where they are fighting for their survival as well as their independence. After their ancient glory, first, Muslim invaders Umar ibn al-Khattab, Umayyads, Abbasids, Ottomans and Safavids tried to oppress the Kurds and after World War I the British Mandate along with other Western Allies divided the Kurds in a way that their dream of “Greater Kurdistan” became a farfetched reality. Their geo-political importance, external involvement and internal conflicts are some of the main reasons of their vulnerability. 


The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the Kurdish history and rich culture of this region. As such, this course will focus on the historical facts and cultural evolution, as well as the life of the ancient Kurdish communities and their political invasion. The course is a balanced mixture of scholarly readings, analyses of cultural influences, independent research and academic discussion among the group to encourage critical thinking and develop the skills to understand, conduct scholarly research and communicate intellectual ideas with empathy, clarity and respect.  The second goal of the course is to understand the downfall of the ancient Kurdish legacy and failure of contemporary Kurds to form one Kurdish nation.

ACC240 – Accounting Information System

This is an introductory course of the basics of use of different accounting information system. Understanding the overall data flow systems emphasizing financial information and computerized systems for accounting.

FIN 501-Financial Reporting and Analysis

Course Description

This course focuses on users of financial information and their needs, rather than the preparation of accounting data. It takes an in-depth look into company financial statements and show how information therein can be analyzed and processed to aid creditors, investors, and managers. Financial reporting and analysis is a course that will prepare students to understand business strategy and its financial implication. As a result of this course, students should be able to:


·         Understand basic concepts underlying primary financial statements and the importance of the Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and other relevant documents.

·         Locate and use information on a corporate annual report to analyze a company’s financial performance.

·         Write background material on a company, its industry and its economic environment.

·         Evaluate a company’s sources and uses of funds.

This course is complementary to Market Research and Analysis. It includes how to communicate with target markets and customers by deploying various messages and media. It covers various communications strategies and techniques such as: advertising, public relations, product placement, personal selling, promotion, sponsorship, and direct marketing. It also introduces how to create an effective marketing mix that will lead to the enterprise achieving its short and long-term goals.


This course is a survey of various political forms (democracy, authoritarianism, totalitarianism), and political institutions (presidential and parliamentary systems; federal and unitary systems). Some attention may also be given to questions related to leadership, political parties, interest groups, globalization, and media in politics. The course emphasizes the development of necessary university-level skills such as critical thinking and clarity of expression.

This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive theoretical introduction to the positive and/or normative aspects, respectively, of marketing as a task, an activity, a function, an orientation, a paradigm, and a science, in order to build a solid foundation for advanced business courses in general and advanced marketing courses in particular. You will be introduced to: the marketing terminology; the theoretical considerations and practical applications of marketing; the scope of marketing activities in modern societies and their importance to that society’s standard of living; the global marketing environment; and ethical issues involved in marketing decisions. Students successfully completing this class will be better prepared for the next business class they take, better prepared for a business career in general and a marketing career in particular, and better prepared for life. Hopefully, this course will also further stimulate your interest in marketing studies and applications. In addition to the learning objectives listed above, upon successful completion of this course, you will have also demonstrated your ability and willingness to: engage in constructive criticism and discussion; exhibit oral and written communication skills; manage your time; use a wide range of research resources; exhibit skills and characteristics desired by employers of AUIS graduates – these skills and characteristics include motivation, dedication, discipline, creativity, integrity, diversity awareness, global thinking, analytical thinking, and a positive work attitude.

This course will provide an introduction into skills required to analyze materials from a legal perspective. It will focus on critical reasoning, legal terminology, legal writing, and supporting an argument. 

Aimed equally at literature and journalism students, this course trains students in the genres of writing about the arts that can lead to local or international publication, with a goal of each student taking at least one of the documents they create during the semester through the full process from pitch to publication in a non-campus venue. We will examine the conditions of the current field and market of arts writing, locally and internationally, online and in print, and analyse the requirements of a number of different genres of arts-writing, from reviews of single artworks, to interviews with artists, to guides to an exhibition. 

Students will read and write about a variety of art media, from literature to music, film, and computer games, with students encouraged to pursue projects in the arts that most interest them. Guest speakers will give students opportunities to learn from professional writers and editors, and students will frequently put themselves in the editor’s shoes when workshopping classmates’ writing.  By the end of the semester each student will assemble a portfolio of arts-writing written to professional specifications. 

By default a JRL course, students can list this as a LIT class if their final portfolio contains no more than 1 document written about a non-literature artform.

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