• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Major code ARAB-MAJ

Arabic is the mother language of over 250 million people in the Middle East (West Asia and North Africa), and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Arabic is also the language of the Qur'an with special importance to all Muslims.  Arabic is the language of an ancient civilization, which contributed greatly to human knowledge. Its influence is strongly felt on such languages as Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Indonesian and Malay, among others. Arabic is also the living medium of a contemporary dynamic literature and culture. Its rich and magnificent poetry, classical and modern, is especially captivating.
The major is designed to develop the four skills of listening, speaking reading and writing in an integrated way. Courses use Modern Standard Arabic as the language of teaching.



Learning Outcomes

  1. write texts in Arabic in the appropriate genre, with correct grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to the level of the student;
  2. read, comprehend and infer authors' meanings in newspapers, magazines, literary and critical texts written in Arabic;
  3. engage with authentic media such as Arabic news, movies or music by analysing and evaluating their content;
  4. communicate verbally in a variety of settings with proficient Arabic speakers; and
  5. identify and differentiate aspects and issues of the cultures and societies associated with the Arabic language.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units (2 courses) at 1000 level

A minimum of 18 units (3 courses) at 3000 level

12 - 18 units from the completion of the following:

ARAB3001 - Advanced Arabic A (6 units)

ARAB3002 - Advanced Arabic B (6 units)

ARAB3008 - Media Arabic 2 (6 units)

18 - 36 units from the completion of the following:

ARAB1002 - Introductory Arabic 1 (6 units)

ARAB1003 - Introductory Arabic 2 (6 units)

ARAB2011 - Intermediate Arabic 1 (6 units)

ARAB2012 - Intermediate Arabic 2 (6 units)

ARAB3006 - Special Topics in Arabic (6 units)

ARAB3010 - Applied Arabic (12 units)

ARAB3011 - Media Arabic 1 (6 units)

MEAS1002 - Islam: History and Institutions (6 units)

MEAS3003 - Critical Perspectives on Arabic Culture (6 units)

MEAS3005 - Modern Iraq: State, Politics and Society (6 units)

POLS2031 - Politics in the Middle East (6 units)

MEAS3007 - Syria in the Levant: State, Society , and the Current Turmoil (6 units)

MEAS3008 - Egypt: Social and Political Dynamics in a Changing Middle East (6 units)

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