Arabic Language and Cultures

Arabic Language and Literature

ARBC1611 Introductory Arabic 1A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 4x1hr tutorials/week Prohibitions: ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC1101 or ARBC1102 Assessment: 12x spoken and Written assignments equivalent to 500wds total (15%), 2x In-class tests equivalent to 750wds total (15%), 5x dictation tests equivalent to 750wds total (10%), 2x oral tests equivalent to 1000wds total (30%), 1x1500wd Exam (20%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed primarily for students with no experience in Arabic. Its main objective is to teach you how to communicate in both modern standard Arabic and in a dialect in a range of situations, while learning about Arab cultures. Speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension skills, will be developed through communicative activities. In addition, online resources and classroom activities will complement face-to-face teaching.
ARBC1612 Introductory Arabic 1B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 4x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: ARBC1611 Prohibitions: ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC1102 Assessment: 12x oral and Written assignments equivalent to 1000wds total (15%), Tutorial participation (10%), 2x In-class tests equivalent to 1000wds total (20%), 2x oral tests equivalent to 1000wds total (30%), 1x1500wd Exam (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ARBC1602 is the continuation of ARBC1601 Junior Arabic 1A. It aims at building your communicative abilities, as well as extending your vocabulary, and developing further your written skills (reading and writing). Having completed ARBC1602, students can continue onto ARBC2613.
ARBC1651 Introduction to Arab Cultures

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorial/week starting week 2 Prohibitions: ARIS1671 Assessment: 1xTutorial Presentation (20%), 3x1000wd Research Assignments (45%), 1x500wd Mid-semester In-class Test (20%), 2x250wd Cultural Portfolios (5%), Tutorial Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focuses on Arab societies and cultures. Main themes include: national boundaries, ethnic and religious diversity, Islam, Muslim contributions to world civilisations, religion and politics, including colonialism and nationalism, aspects of cultural life, including women and gender issues.
ARBC1652 Visions of Contemporary Arab Cultures

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: ARIS1672 Assessment: 1x Mid-semester test (equiv to 500wd) (20%), 3x1000wd Research Dossiers (45%), 1x Research Presentation (equiv 500wd) (20%), 2x250wd Cultural Portfolios (5%), Tutorial Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines contemporary Arab cultural productions. It covers the period from the nahdah (Arab renaissance in the XIX century) until today. Main themes include: Arab modernity and the birth of the novel; representation of otherness in Arabic literature; political dissidence and creative writing; visual arts, cinema, music, and popular culture.
ARBC2613 Intermediate Arabic 2A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 4x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: ARBC1612 Prohibitions: ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC2633 or ARBC2634 or ARBC2103 Assessment: 12x oral and written exercises equivalent to 1500wds total (40%), 2x In-class tests equivalent to 1000wds total (15%), 2x oral tests equivalent to 500wds total (15%), 1x1500wd Exam (20%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will continue to build up your communicative ability and extend your knowledge of modern standard Arabic vocabulary and structures through interactive classroom activities and exercises. You will continue to work on your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with an emphasis on understanding the application of grammatical structures and acquiring greater cultural competency.
ARBC2614 Intermediate Arabic 2B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 4x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: ARBC2613 Prohibitions: ARBC2104 or ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC2313 or ARBC2314 or ARBC2633 or ARBC2634 or ARBC3635 or ARBC3636 or ARBC3637 or ARBC3638 Assessment: 12x oral and written exercises equivalent to 2000wds total (40%), 2x In-class tests equivalent to 1000wds total (15%), 2x oral tests equivalent to 500wds total (15%), 1x1000wd Exam (20%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is a continuation of ARBC2613 and aims at further strengthening your communicative skills in Arabic, specifically your ability to speak, understand, read, and write. You will be able to extend your knowledge of Arabic vocabulary and structures through interactive classroom activities and exercises, realistic dialogues, role-play, and the use of a range of authentic material in Arabic. You will learn more about Arab cultures in the process. On completion of this unit, students progress to ARBC3615.
ARBC2671 Transnational Muslim Women and Veiling

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week, commencing Week 2 Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Arab Language and Cultures, French Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies, History, Studies in Religion. Assessment: 1xTutorial Presentation (equiv to 500wd) (10%), 5x200wd Weekly Reflections (10%), 1x2000wd Research Project (40%), 1x500wd Experiential Veiling Project (20%), 2x250wd Film Reviews (10%), Tutorial Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the history of Muslim veiling, the religious discourses which are regularly cited as dictating a dress code for Muslim women, and the historical, political, regional, and cultural variations in veiling practices. We also consider the multiple meanings that the veil has had for Muslim women, and pay attention to Muslim women's voices of resistance toward stereotypical images of the veil as they are disseminated by the media and by fundamentalist Islamist regimes.
ARBC2672 Arab Diasporas

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week, commencing Week 2 Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Arab Language and Cultures, French Studies, European Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies, History, Government and International Studies, International and Global Studies Assessment: 1xTutorial Presentation (equiv to 500wd) (20%), 5x200wd Reading Reflections (20%), 1x1500wd Oral History (15%), 1x1500wd Blog (15%), Class Participation (10%), 1x 1500wd Research-based essay (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit traces the history and development of Arab diasporic communities over the past two centuries in Australia, Europe, and the United States. We explore the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of these communities both at national and local levels and examine the multiple ways in which Arab immigrants are maintaining and reconfiguring their cultural, ethnic, and religious identities through cultural and artistic productions. This unit also offers an experiential learning aspect through structured encounters with various Arab communities in Sydney.
ARBC2680 Artistic Expressions of Arab Diasporas

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Arab Language and Cultures, French Studies, European Studies, Asian Studies, Media and Communication, History, Art History Assessment: 1x Tutorial Presentation (500wd equivalent)(20%), 10x100wd Reading and Film Reflections (20%), 1x2000wd Research Project (30%), 1x End of Semester Conference (1000wd equivalent) (20%), Tutorial Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the cultural production of artists from the Arab world and its diasporas. We look comparatively at the way artists (painters, photographers, musicians, performers) respond to the political and social climates of the societies in which they live and the extent to which they challenge social, political, and religious norms. We offer an overview of the multiple diasporas from which artists work and the influential role they play on the international scene and in social media.
ARBC2681 Gender and Politics in the Arab World

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Lucia Sorbera Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Class participation (10%), Essay plan 1 1000wd (20%), Class presentation 1 500wd (15%), Final essay 1 2000wd (50%), Cultural portfolios 2 1000wd total (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focuses on the interplay between gender, culture and politics in the Arab world. Representations of gender and sexuality, and their politicization, will be studied through feminist, literary, and historiographical criticism, permitting a deep historical understanding of current debates.
ARBC2691 Egypt. Mother of the World

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Arab Language and Cultures, French Studies, Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, European Studies, Asian Studies, History Assessment: 1x500wd Tutorial Presentation (20%), 1x1000wd Book Review (25%), 1x2500wd Research Project (40%), 1x1000wd Film Review (5%), 2x500wd Cultural Portfolios (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit focuses on Egyptian social, cultural and political history, from the Napoleonic expedition (1798) to the 2011 Revolution and its aftermath. The analysis of modern ideas, movements and cultural productions, such as novels and movies, reveals Egypt's leading role in contemporary Arab cultures.
ARBC2811 Arabic Exchange

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ARBC2812 Arabic Exchange

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ARBC2813 Arabic Exchange

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ARBC2814 Arabic Exchange

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
ARBC3615 Advanced Arabic 3A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: ARBC2614 Prohibitions: ARBC2105 or ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC2313 or ARBC2314 or ARBC2315 or ARBC2316 or ARBC2633 or ARBC2634 or ARBC3635 or ARBC3636 or ARBC3637 or ARBC3638 Assessment: 1x750wd in class test (15%), 2x Tutorial presentations equivalent to 750wds total (15%), 1x1000wd Exam (20%), 12x oral and written exercises equivalent to 2000wds total (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to expand your communicative skills, using a variety of texts, films, and electronic sources. Emphasis will be on extensive vocabulary development and reading skills through greater focus on complex sentence construction and development of strategies for expressing opinions and impressions. The unit will also focus on developing information-gathering skills and Class presentation techniques in Arabic.
ARBC3616 Advanced Arabic 3B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: ARBC3615 Prohibitions: ARBC2106 or ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC2313 or ARBC2314 or ARBC2315 or ARBC2316 or ARBC2633 or ARBC2634 or ARBC3635 or ARBC3636 or ARBC3637 or ARBC3638 Assessment: 12x oral and written exercises equivalent to 1500wds total (30%), 2x In-class tests equivalent to 750wds total (15%), 1xTutorial presentation equivalent to 750wds(15%), 1x500wd Essay (10%), 1x1000wd Exam (20%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will consolidate your communicative skills in Arabic, extend your vocabulary, and understanding of grammar. It will continue to help you develop your vocabulary, your reading, listening, and writing skills through a variety of texts, films, recordings, and electronic resources. An understanding of contemporary Arab societies and cultures will be enhanced through study of authentic written and audiovisual materials, including short stories and novel extracts.
ARBC3636 Advanced Media Arabic 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ARBC3616 Prohibitions: ARBC1101 or ARBC1102 or ARBC1611 or ARBC1612 or ARBC2314 Assessment: 2x In-class test equivalent to 1500wds total (30%), 1x2000wd Exam (30%), 10x oral and written exercises equivalent to 2500wds total (30%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces you to Arabic media in its diverse forms and stylesboth written and electronic. It allows you to practice your advanced Arabic language skills, enrich your understanding of Arab cultures, and become familiar with specialized vocabulary, structures, and regional variations. In the process, you will develop your analytical and critical skills.
ARBC3638 Advanced Media Arabic 2

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ARBC1312 or ARBC2633 Prohibitions: ARBC1101 or ARBC1102 or ARBC1611 or ARBC2316 Assessment: 1x2000wd Exam (20%), 1x1500wd mid semester test (20%), 2x Oral Presentations equivalent to 1000wds total (20%), 2x Blog entries equivalent to 1000wds total (20%), 1x500wd film review (10%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to further strengthen your advanced practical language skills in Arabic, including writing and communication, with a focus on contemporary media from different regions of the Arab world. It will focus on two or three themes that are newsworthy at the time the class is taught , enriching your cultural and political understanding of central events taking place in the Arab world.
ARBC3639 Readings-Arabic Literatures and Cultures

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ARBC3616 and (ARBC3636 or ARBC3638) Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), 5xShort Essays (equiv to 2500wd) (30%), 1x1000wd Mid-semester Test (20%), 1x1500wd Final Exam (25%), 1x Oral Presentation (equiv to 1000wd) (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This advanced unit introduces you to a selection of Arabic literary texts from different genres (literature, theatre, poetry, cinema, arts, music) and time periods. Theme will vary from year to year, but will include Arab identity, postcolonialism, feminism, gender and sexualities, women, and youth cultures.
ARBC4011 Arabic Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Hajjar Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4 hours every week (2 hours advanced language and 2 hours seminar) Prerequisites: Students should have an average of 70% in 48 Senior credit points of ARBC to be admitted to Arabic Honours. Assessment: Class work, essays, tutorial presentations and bibliographical assignments Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Arabic Honours program consists of advanced language tuition, research seminars and the writing of about 12,000 words thesis under supervision.
ARBC4012 Arabic Honours B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Hajjar Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ARBC4011
ARBC4013 Arabic Honours C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Hajjar Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ARBC4011
ARBC4014 Arabic Honours D

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Hajjar Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ARBC4011
HSTY2607 Approaches to the Arab Israeli Conflict

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Dirk Moses Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points in History, Arabic and Islamic Studies, or Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies Prohibitions: : JCTC2008 or GOVT2772 Assessment: 1x3500wd essay (50%) and 1x1hr exam (40%) and tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will provide students with a grounding in the historical context of and reasons for conflict in Israel/Palestine. It will enable them to identify the causes of conflict and attempted avenues for peace, as well as making them aware of the politicised nature of much of the scholarship on the region. The unit commences in the Ottoman period and traces the rival of aspirations of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, as well as the geopoitical dimensions of the conflict. The unit will enable students to gain detachment from the dominant narratives about the issues so they are equipped to form their own judgements.