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Students in this subject start developing in-depth knowledge of the Arab World in general, as well as of individual countries in the region. This will include approaching the Middle East and North Africa from a historic perspective which is crucial to the critical understanding of its civilisation and to appreciating existing customs, lifestyle and prevailing values. Students will also enjoy reading and/or hearing information about, and texts by, extraordinary Arab writers, poets and singers giving expression to ideas, feelings and aspirations born in the Arab World. In this, students will be aided by the increasingly complex linguistic elements learnt in this course which will make it possible to enjoy the writings on the history of the Arab World, biographies, poems, reflective essays, informative reports and newspaper and magazine articles offered during this semester. Students will have the opportunity to convey their own views and opinions and to relate their own experiences in personal accounts and essays, and to present the results of their own small-scale research, conducted using library and web-based materials, in the form of oral presentations.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed the ability to read and interact with a variety of Arabic text types;
- have acquired some important grammatical structures of the Arabic language along with an understanding of their functions, and the ability to use these effectively to construct meaning and to engage in written and oral communication;
- have developed the ability to write texts of moderate length and complexity, including accounts of personal experiences, informative articles and essays, and to prepare presentations based on independent small-scale research;
- have developed the ability to understand longer stretches of connected discourse on a number of topics and to extract information from oral presentations slightly slower than normal speech;
- have developed the ability to communicate spontaneously in situations requiring direct exchanges of information on familiar topics and activities, to present information and to participate in discussions on familiar topics;
- have learnt more about various aspects of the history of the Middle East and North Africa, information essential for understanding notions and issues of national identity and present-day politics, and have encountered some iconic personages of Arab political history;
- have added to their knowledge of the values, beliefs and attitudes of the Arab World, as a result of engaging with written and spoken texts on religious customs and scriptures;
- have acquired some familiarity with the achievements, thoughts and works of some great Arab poets and writers, and have enjoyed some products of Arab popular culture.
Last updated: 6 December 2019