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This subject is the Capstone subject in the Arabic Studies major of the Bachelor of Arts. It will give students majoring in Arabic Studies the opportunity to draw together the threads of their undergraduate Arabic studies into a distinctive and culminating combined disciplinary and cohort experience before graduating. The subject aims to consolidate, integrate and extend the content and skills acquisition components of the Arabic Major studies, and will prompt students to apply those skills and knowledge in the capstone experience, thus serving as a bridge between the undergraduate experience and the next stage of study or work. The subject offers to students the opportunity to integrate their knowledge of Arabic language and Arab society and culture, and apply this to new topics and challenges. Cohort experience will be strengthened by students conducting, in teams, independent research (academic inquiry projects) involving critical inquiry into challenging and complex scenarios, in the framework of university-led discovery projects. Students will have the freedom to devise their own research topics, and to plan, design and execute their research projects. In the process, students will need to exercise creativity in examining, problematising, critiquing and considering novel, creative approaches to contemporary issues in the Arab World. The experience will culminate in a final oral presentation of students' projects and the research outcomes in an event open to all students of the Arabic Studies Program, the Asia Institute and the University of Melbourne as a whole. The oral presentation will provide a platform for disseminating findings, as well as the framework for celebrating students' achievements.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of key concepts, issues and debates in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
- Apply interdisciplinary and multilayered approaches to issues related to the historical, political, economic, social and cultural development of the countries of the MENA region
- Identify, analyse and contextualise key global, regional and local forces shaping the contemporary Middle East and North Africa
- Identify, analyse, evaluate and contextualise critical and creative responses and solutions in the MENA region to intersecting global, regional and local issues
- Apply their Arabic reading and listening comprehension skills to identify, access, evaluate and use effectively and critically Arabic printed and audio-visual resources in the process of planning, designing and creating an independent group research project
- Apply their knowledge of the Arabic language to communicate effectively and accurately, confidently and independently, both orally and in writing about a range of topics through the process of planning and designing an independent research project and through the final oral presentation of this project and the research outcomes as part of a team
- Demonstrate that they have acquired sufficient socio-cultural and pragmatic competence in Arabic to engage in interaction with peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds in the MENA region in a socioculturally sensitive manner
- Select and utilise presentation styles and platforms that are suitable for successfully communicating academic findings to diverse audiences
Students who successfully complete this subject will have:
- Enhanced critical inquiry and research skills through the definition of areas and methods of inquiry and the competent use of library and other information sources
- Consolidated the ability to apply critical and analytical skills and creative problem-solving skills to challenging and complex research scenarios (independent academic inquiry projects)
- Consolidated public speaking skills
- Consolidated written communication and academic writing skills
- Developed the ability to respectfully navigate diverse cultural contexts
- Established themselves as autonomous learners
- Developed the ability to effectively design, plan, manage, complete and communicate the results of an independent research project as part of an active learning cohort
Last updated: 4 February 2023