MES4210 - Topics in Arabic Studies I

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Course content

This course focuses on central topics in Arabic language or literature. The various topics offered in the course are related to past or ongoing research in the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, such as literary history, whether comparative or related to certain genres or contents; sociolinguistic issues, such as diglossia, register variation and language ideology; the history and development of key concepts of Arabic culture; manuscript tradition; and the language and content of political internet sites.

The specific topic of the course will be announced before the semester starts, and the course does not overlap with MES4220 Topics in Arabic Studies II.

The course is based on reading, analysis, and discussion of selected texts in Arabic and secondary literature in English. Training in methodology, team work, essay writing, and oral presentation is an integral part of the course.

Topic for spring 2017 will be flexible depending on the students signed up for the course.

Learning outcome

Participants will learn to read both primary and secondary literature extensively, and to analyze sources of various kinds relevant to the topic: literary texts (online or print); texts representing various registers of Arabic (written or oral); and political texts. They will learn to discuss, produce, and present academic knowledge in oral and written forms.

Examples of courses that may be given:

  • “Diglossia and Linguistic Variation in Modern Arabic”
  • “Arabisk oversettelse (Translation Arabic-Norwegian”)
  • “Contemporary Arabic Literature: Texts and Contexts”.
  •  “Modern Arabic Fiction and Dramatic Arts”
  • “Arabic Manuscripts”
  • “Arabic Cyberspace”
  • “Key Concepts of Arabic Language and Culture: A Comparative Analysis”


Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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