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Courses - Summer 2021
ARAB
ARAB104
(Perm Req)
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I-II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic.
An intensive course focusing on developing functional proficiency in the standard Arabic language, both written and formal spoken. Begins with script and phonology, and develops into a limited range of situation-based texts and topics that build vocabulary, grammar, general communicative competence and cultural awareness.
Registration limited to students accepted into the Summer Language Institute.
ARAB105
(Perm Req)
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic III-IV
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB104; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic.
Continuation of ARAB104, developing further linguistic proficiency in Standard Arabic, both written and formal spoken. Covers an extended range of situation-based texts and topics that build vocabulary, grammar, general communicative competence and cultural awareness.
Registration limited to students accepted into the Summer Language Institute.
ARAB204
(Perm Req)
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: ARAB105; and must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic.
Covers topics related to contemporary Arabic society, literature and culture in standard written and formal spoken Arabic. Acquisition of more complex grammatical structures, expanding vocabulary, and reading, to develop a better understanding of the formal aspects of using MSA.
ARAB205
(Perm Req)
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: ARAB204; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of Arabic.
Continuation of ARAB204, with exposure to a wide range of Arabic texts from different domains. Focus on vocabulary, more complex grammatical forms, and a better understanding of the formal aspects of using MSA as well as the cultural aspects of using the language.
ARAB315
(Perm Req)
Intensive Advanced Arabic I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB205; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Must not have completed ARAB304.
Intensive training in written and spoken Arabic at the Advanced-low level of proficiency. Additional intensive training in effective listening and reading skills. Substantial cultural component exploring traditions and customs of the Middle East in addition to current social issues.
ARAB316
(Perm Req)
Intensive Advanced Arabic II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB304 or ARAB315; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Must not have completed ARAB305.
Credit only granted for: ARAB305 or ARAB316.
Intensive training in written and spoken Arabic at the Advanced-mid level of proficiency. Additional training in effective listening and reading skills. Substantial cultural component exploring traditions and customs of the Middle East in addition to current social issues.
ARAB499G
Special Topics in Arabic Studies; Serialized Television in the Arab World: Drama, Action, and Political Dissent
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with FILM429A. Credit only granted for: ARAB499G or FILM429A.

This course focuses on the genre of serialized television in the Arabic-speaking countries, including miniseries, Ramadan soap operas, and the recent category of Netflix-produced Arabic shows. We will examine the history and core elements of this genre both globally and as pertaining to the Arab world.

An important vehicle of cultural and artistic expression, Arabic television series interrogate pressing sociocultural and political issues - often in "real time." This course focuses on a selection of critically acclaimed television shows that offer commentary on such issues as national identity; religious fundamentalism and perceptions of ISIS; gender equality and the institution of marriage; and political and cultural regional tensions in the Arab world. All course materials are in English.