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AR3411   Modern Arab Culture and Society

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Mon, 10.00 am Thu

This module explores cultural aspects of the modern Arab world based on the works of some of the most influential Arab writers, intellectuals, critics, visual artists and filmmakers of the last two hundred years. The module is designed to improve and broaden students' knowledge of Arabic and the modern Arab world while also including a cultural component. Students will be required to read passages of Arabic texts from various genres and to watch films in Arabic (with subtitles). In-class discussions based on secondary readings in English will help provide an understanding of the cultural and socio-political dimensions of the contemporary Arab world. All presentations and written work will be in Arabic.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of the Arabic Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminar (x 9 weeks), 2 hours of compulsory film viewing (x 2 weeks) and 1 surgery hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 128

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 15-minute Oral Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 40%
Coursework: 60%

Re-assessment: 15-minute Oral Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: TBC