MES4220 - Topics in Arabic Studies II

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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 MES4210 Topics in Arabic Studies I.

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”


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is only availabe for students admitted to the programme option Middle East Studies.


This course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars organised as 10 classes of 2 hrs each throughout the semester. This course presupposes active participation.

Compulsory tuition activities such as presentations and submission of assignments must be completed and submitted within the given deadlines, and approved by the teacher in order for you to sit the exam. Approved tuition activities are only valid for the current semester.

More information regarding compulsory tuition activities.


Term paper, to be submitted in Fronter. The term paper should be between 8-10 pages, not counting front page and references.

Compulsory tutition activities must be completed and approved in order for you to sit exam, se "Teaching" above.

Information regarding submission of assignments at IKOS.

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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