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MES4250 – Topics in Hebrew/Semitic Studies I

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Course content

This course focuses on central topics in Hebrew and Semitic language and linguistics. 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 Hebrew language history, modern political texts in Hebrew and Arabic, Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew religious and philosophical texts, and modern Semitic linguistics.

The specific topic of the course will be announced before the semester starts, and the course does not overlap with MES4260 – Topics in Hebrew/Semitic Studies II (discontinued)

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

Theme spring 2018: Modern political and diplomatic texts in Hebrew and Arabic

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 Hebrew; and political texts in Hebrew and Arabic. Participants will also learn to deal academically with current issues in modern Semitic linguistics, as well as learning to discuss, produce, and present academic knowledge in oral and written form.

Examples of courses that may be given:

  • “Hebrew Language History”
  • “Modern Political and Diplomatic Texts in Hebrew and Arabic”
  • ”Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew Religious and Philosophical Texts”
  • ”Current Issues in Modern Semitic Linguistics”


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.


The course is taught through seminars given i clusters 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.

More information regarding compulsory tuition activities.


Term paper, to be submitted in Fronter. The subject of the paper must be relevant to the course and approved by the lecturer. 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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring

not spring 2017


Every spring

not spring 2017

Teaching language