MES4210 – Topics in Arabic Studies I
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Topic Spring 2019: Landmarks of Modern Arabic Fiction
This course focuses on one or more select topics in Arabic studies, broadly understood as the study of the Arabic-speaking world, based on Arabic sources. Both cultural, social, religious, and political dimensions may be covered, in their contemporary and/or historical formations. Special attention is given to how these issues are dealt with in textual and/or visual production, by literary or academic authors, intellectuals, journalists, political actors, social media users, etc. This may include literature, media and other forms of cultural expression; religion, philosophy and thought; history and historiography; the formation of ideological paradigms; gender, family and education; etc. The topics offered will often be related to past or ongoing research in the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, including master students’ research.
The course is based on reading, analysis, and discussion of select primary texts in Arabic and, where appropriate, relevant secondary literature. Training in methodology, essay writing, and oral presentation is an integral part of the course.
In Spring 2018, the topic offered was “Finding, Reading and Interpreting Arabic Sources"
- You will learn to find, read, summarize, and interpret primary and secondary sources in Arabic, and to analyse them in the light of pertinent research literature.
- You will improve your competence in understanding complex Arabic text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialization.
- Through class presentations and discussions, you will learn to present and debate academic knowledge in oral form.
- Through teacher-guided essay writing, you will learn to present academic knowledge in written form.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Please see the admission requirements defined by the programme option Middle East Studies.
The teaching presupposes intermediate to upper intermediate competence in modern Arabic.
Recommended previous knowledge
The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars organised as 10 classes of 2 hrs each throughout the semester. The 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.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
The exam is a term paper of 8-10 pages of main text, each page comprising up to around 2300 characters including spaces (max. 23,000 characters excluding footnotes and list of references), on a subject related to the course and approved by the teacher. The paper must be based mainly on Arabic sources. In order to take the exam, an outline of the term paper and a list of sources must be approved by the teacher within a given deadline, which will be announced in the detailed teaching plan.
The term paper is to be submitted in Inspera within the given deadline.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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
Resit an examination
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.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.