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Arabic in Context 2 (ARBC30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeARBC30001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject aims to cultivate understanding of Arabic language in use, and to equip students with sound communication skills. We will consider key features of Arabic discourse and regional and social peculiarities. Students will engage in activities to enhance their sociocultural and pragmatic competence in Arabic to allow fuller participation in a range of Arab communication settings. Students will also learn to analyse written, online and face-to-face communication in a variety of social contexts, using a number of discourse analysis approaches.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have an enhanced understanding of Arabic language in use;
  • have been introduced to key features of Arabic discourse;
  • have deepened their knowledge of the economic, political & cultural history of the peoples inhabiting the Arab World;
  • have studied in some detail some salient issues related to the political, economic & cultural development of the countries of the Middle East & North Africa;
  • have further enhanced their socio-cultural awareness of the Arab World;
  • have further enhanced their socio-cultural & pragmatic competence in Arabic;
  • have developed effective communicative skills;
  • have become aware of current issues in the Arab World.

Eligibility and requirements


One of

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARBC30004 Arabic 5
Semester 1
ARBC10003 Arabic 5
Semester 1
ARBC20006 Arabic 5
Semester 1


Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A take-home test in Arabic 15% (due week 7)
  • An essay of 1000 words in English or Arabic 15% (due at the end of the semester)
  • Class presentations in pairs 20% (throughout the semester)
  • A 30-minute oral examination 50% (during the examination period
  • Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorChristina Mayer
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA toal of 30 hours: A 2.5-hour seminar per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Time commitment totals 170 hours.

Further information

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    Recommended texts and other resources


  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Language Placement Test required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019