Arabic Language and Cultures

Arabic Language and Literature

ARBC1611 Introductory Arabic 1A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Winter Main Classes: 2x2hr tutorials/week Prohibitions: ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC1101 or ARBC1102 Assessment: 12 x daily homework (1000wd total) (25%), 4 x quiz (1500wd total) (30%), 5 x dictation (500wd total)(10%), 3x cultural presentation (500wd total) (5%), 2 x oral test (1000wd total) (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Arabic. Its main objective is to teach you how to communicate in both formal and colloquial Arabic about some familiar topics using simple words and phrases. You will learn to recognize and produce the alphabet and communicate basic information about yourself in writing. You will explore topics related to Arab cultures. Preparation for class and active participation in small group activities are essential components of the unit.
ARBC1612 Introductory Arabic 1B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: ARBC1611 Prohibitions: ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC1102 or ARBC2613 or ARBC2614 or ARBC3615 or ARBC3616 or ARBC3636 or ARBC3638 or ARBC3639 Assessment: 12 x daily homework (1500wd total) (25%), 4 x 250wd quiz (30%), 3 x writing portfolio (500wd total)(10%), 2x250wd cultural presentation (5%), 2 x 500wd oral test (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit continues to build your communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. You will communicate about familiar topics using memorized phrases and simple sentences. Preparation for class and active participation in small group activities remain essential components of the unit.
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: 2x2hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: ARBC1612 Prohibitions: ARBC1311 or ARBC1312 or ARBC2633 or ARBC2634 or ARBC2103 or ARBC3615 or ARBC3616 or ARBC3636 or ARBC3638 or ARBC3639 Assessment: 12 x daily homework (1500wd total) (25%), 4 x 250wd quiz (30%), 3 x writing portfolio (500wd total)(10%), 2x250wd cultural presentation (5%), 2 x 500wd oral test (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit continues to build your communicative ability in formal and spoken Arabic. You will move from simple phrases to connected sentences to communicate about familiar topics. You will continue to develop reading and listening strategies with the aim of becoming an autonomous learner. We will explore various cultural topics though in-class discussions. Preparation for class and active participation in small group activities remain essential components of the unit.
ARBC2614 Intermediate Arabic 2B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr 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 or ARBC3639 Assessment: 12 x daily homework (1500wd total) (25%), 4 x quiz (1000wd total)(30%), 3 x writing portfolio (500wd total)(10%), 2 x 250wd cultural presentation (5%), 2 x 500wd oral tests (20%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will further your proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. You will be able to write on and speak about a variety of familiar topics using organized, connected sentences. Learner autonomy will be emphasized through developing your reading and listening strategies that you can apply independently outside the class. Preparation for class and active participation in small group activities remain essential components of the unit.
ARBC2671 Transnational Muslim Women and Veiling

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Arab Language and Cultures, French Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies, History, Studies in Religion. Assessment: 1x tutorial presentation (equiv to 500wd) (10%),4x250wd short reflection essays (20%), 1x2250wd research project (40%), 1x750wd experimental veiling project (20%) 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

This unit of study is not available in 2017

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 2017

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

This unit of study is not available in 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Lucia Sorbera Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 6 junior credit points in Arabic and Islamic Studies, European Studies, European, Middle Eastern, or 6 junior credit points in Classical Languages or Studies, English, Government, History, Political Economy, Sociology, Media and Communication, Gender and Cultural Studies 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

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 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.
ARBC3200 Arab and Middle East Politics

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points from any of; Arabic Language and Cultures; European, Middle Eastern, or Classical Languages or Studies; English; Government; History; Political Economy; Sociology; Media and Communication; Gender and Cultural Studies. Assessment: 1x2000wd research assignment (40%), 1x1000wd research plan (25%), 1x1000wd research presentation (25%), 1x500wd cultural portfolio (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit focuses on power, resistance, and political change in the Arab World and Middle East, from the First World War until today. It examines the trajectory of the State, transnational politics, the developments of civil society, mechanisms of power, transformations of gender politics, and resistance to authoritarianism.
ARBC3201 Arab Cities: Texts and Contexts

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ARBC3616 Assessment: 2x750wd written reflections (30%), 4x125wd homework assignments (15%), 1x1000wd group project (20%), 2x250wd cultural portfolio (5%), 2x500wd presentations (20%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines Arab cities in terms of their social, historical, linguistic, religious, and cultural composition. It explores the cities through literature, music, visual arts, and popular culture. Arabic will be the means to the exploration and subject of the investigation in itself.
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: 12 x homework assignments (1000wds total) (30%), 3x500wd quizzes (30%), 3 x cultural presentations (500wds total) (5%), 1x500wd skit/presentation (10%), 3 x writing portfolio (1000wd total) (15%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will expand your communication skills in formal and spoken Arabic. You will move from connected sentences toward coherent paragraphs to provide descriptions and narrations. You will be able to discuss and present information about a variety of everyday and personal interest topics. We continue to engage with a variety of cultural topic through asking questions and engaging in group discussions. Preparation for class and active participation in small group activities remain essential components of the unit.
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: 12 x homework assignments (1000wds total) (30%), 3 x 500wd quizzes (30%), 3 x writing portfolio (1000wds total) (15%), 1x 500wd cultural project (5%), 1 x 500wd presentation (10%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course will further develop your language skills so you are able to express yourself fully on familiar topics as well as concrete social and professional topics. You can address and comprehend some complex issues. You will practice delivering organised, coherent presentations descriptions and narratives. An understanding of contemporary Arab societies and cultures will be enhanced through examination of supplementary authentic materials. Preparation for class and active participation in small group activities remain essential components of the unit.
ARBC3636 Advanced Media Arabic 1

This unit of study is not available in 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 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 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to ARBC4011
ARBC4013 Arabic Honours C

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

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

This unit of study is not available in 2017

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.