The Arab world is a fascinating region with rich traditions and vibrant societies. Through an exploration of contemporary Arab cinema, this course will introduce you to issues in modern Arab societies that represent the diversity of the region as well as the shared concerns and challenges. We will analyze select movies and texts, exploring how Arab filmmakers represent social, political, and economic change and realities in their societies. Some topics include nationalism and national identity, gender identities, civil wars, religion, social justice, and the recent revolts. The course will be conducted in Arabic, and we will employ linguistic and paralinguistic analyses of the movies as a means to explore modern Arab thought and cultures.
Format: seminar; The course will be offered remotely (Final course format to be determined closer to the semester)
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
class participation, daily writing and reflections, quizzes, blogs, leading a movie discussion, and a final project.
ARAB 302 or equivalent.
if the course is overenrolled, preference will be given to Arabic majors.
Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Students will engage in daily writing and reflections involving prose responses to discussion prompts, movies, YouTube videos, articles, and quiz prompts. The students will also write blogs, a minimum of one speech, and a 5-7 pp. final research paper. The instructor will give daily feedback on students' writing as well as training in writing skills to advance their writing abilities.
The students will engage in an exploration of social, political, and economic realities in Arab societies. They will examine similarities and differences across a variety of contexts involving differential power dynamics, biases, and gender roles. They will reflect on issues of power based on internal and external factors in these societies as positioned in a region torn by political, social, and religious conflicts.
FMST Core Courses