• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Arabic
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Huda Al-Tamimi
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course aims at equipping students with the language and vocabulary required to understand Arabic-language news and current affairs and, in the process, to appreciate many of the central issues in contemporary scholarship on current affairs and media in the Arab world. The emphasis of the course is on providing students with vocabulary and language skills that will enable them to understand Arabic-language current affairs and media in different contexts, question a number of dominant concepts, and explore and discuss current issues. A set of current and historical topics and their social and historical contexts will be analysed using some of the core language and vocabulary of media Arabic. The approach will be thematic rather than chronological, although a chronology of events within each topic will be explored to ensure that students understand the content of present dynamics. Throughout the course students will analyse Internet and TV news, as well as material drawn from the Arabic-language press. Students will also write and produce their own short media program. This will allow students to study not only the basic vocabulary of a given circumstance, but also how language is used in certain news genres and settings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an ability to read and listen to the Modern Standard Arabic typically used in Arabic-language newspapers and Internet sites, and on Arabic-language radio and television;

2. Demonstrate high level ability to speak Arabic in the style and format typically found on Arabic-language radio and television;

3. Write and translate news and media texts to an advanced level; and

4. Comprehend conversations, dialogue, and delivered news on a range of political and social topics, to an advanced level.

5. Understand and distinguish without difficulty various applications of a range of circumstances beyond intermediate survival needs.

Indicative Assessment

Assessed homework (20%) [Assesses all LO's]

Media-related in-class quizzes (10%) [Assesses all LO's]

Recorded oral presentation (30%) [Assesses LO's 1, 2, 4]

Written essays of 2,500 words (30%) [Assesses LO's 1, 3, 4]

Class participation (10%) [Assesses all LO's]

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Two hours of lectures per week and one one-hour tutorial per week, plus approximately a further seven hours per week of class preparation, completion of assignments and private study over the 13-week semester. The aim is for a total workload of around 130 hours all up for successful completion of the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ARAB6502. If you feel that you meet the requirements through other means please contact the course convenor for approval to enrol in this course. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARAB3008.

Prescribed Texts

The core texts, including current articles from Arabic magazines, newspapers and journals, will be made available to enrolled students via Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1218
2014 $2478
2013 $2478
2012 $2478
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3402
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On campus
8946 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A
Off Campus
9207 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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