Spring 2022

Topics in Arabic Language and Culture

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ARAB-402


Mohamed H. Hassan (Section 01)


This advanced Arabic course covers a number of topics that survey the linguistic, geographical, historical, social, religious, cultural, and artistic aspects of the Arab world. Special emphasis will be on varieties of the Arabic language, Arabic literature, Arabic political discourse, religions in the Middle East, Arabic folkloric traditions, Arabic Media and film, women in the Middle East and Arabic cuisine and music. The course provides students with an opportunity to engage with the diversity of the Arabic cultural traditions in the past and present times through interacting with the Arabic cultural products, perspectives, practices and processes of interaction. The course materials are entirely in Arabic and will be explored through discussions, readings and videos. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Follow academic, professional and literary texts on a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar subjects;

Follow narrative, informational and descriptive discourses on most topics and can understand standard dialects;

Express themselves freely and spontaneously and deliver presentations with accuracy and clarity on a variety of topics and issues;

Write clear well-structured short essays about a range of subjects, underling the relevant issues and supporting points of view at some length;

Gain intercultural communicative competence with regard to the rich cultural aspects of the Arab world;

Requisite: ARAB 302 or equivalent. Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Five College Senior Lecturer Hassan.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: In this course, students will use a textbook, a range of audio and video instructional and authentic materials and teacher-prepared materials and exercises. Assessment is based upon class attendance and participation, weekly short essays and short presentations, 3 term quizzes and a final paper. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022