A continuation of Advanced Arabic 1, ARAB 302 aims to reinforce students’ listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in Arabic through a deeper engagement with authentic materials in Modern Standard Arabic. Built around a plethora of texts and audiovisual materials, the course seeks to assist students to develop their language and critical thinking skills in Arabic. Situated at the intersection of language learning and content teaching, this course will prepare students for more scholarly engagement with and in MSA in the fourth year. Like ARAB 301, the course will be conducted entirely in Arabic.
Format: lecture; course offered remotely
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
quizzes, exams, presentations, papers, midterm examinations, and projects
ARAB 301 or equivalent
Arabic Studies, or students who completed ARAB 301
Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
In addition to the weekly writing assignments of 400-word essays, students will produce four portfolios that will involve a careful process of revisions. Each portfolio will include a series of critical reflections on graphic novels and visual storytelling in Arabic. The portfolio will be based on rigorous research in Arabic recourses, summary and essays that can range to 800 words.
As a content course, ARAB 302 will focus on graphic novels, graffiti and caricature in contemporary Arab visual culture. Most of the texts assigned will address the particularity of political language involved in this form and its popularity among Arab youth (and adults) as a cultural expression of dissent. The selected texts will also expose students to stories about class struggle, gender inequality, the social struggles of immigrants and refugees.