Units of Study

ARIS3676 - Issues and Debates in Arab Culture Today

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Sahar Amer


This unit investigates how issues are debated in the contemporary Arab world, focusing on questions of pan-Arabism, the nation-state, regionalism and traditional loyalties, the Arabic language and cultural identity, history and attitudes to the past, 'authenticity', modernity, westernisation, attitudes to the West and the rest of the world, debates on secularism, 'neo-patriarchy', peace, progress, freedom, absenting and assertion of women's role, human rights, democracy, highlighting the role of intellectuals, the media and dynamics of public space in Arab countries.


1x2400wd essay (40%), 1x presentation (equivalent to 1200wds) (20%), final exam or assignments (equivalent to 2400wds) (40%)


2x1-hr seminars/week


ARIS1001 or ARIS1671



Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.


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Film 4

1 This class runs from Week 1 to Week 3
2 This class runs from Week 3 to Week 4
3 This class runs from Week 4 to Week 13
4 This class runs from Week 6 to Week 13

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