Arabic 7

Subject ARBC30006 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Four hours of language classes per week or regular meetings with the Supervisor
Total Time Commitment:

4 contact hours per week, 6 additional hours per week. Total of 120 hours per semester.


ARBC20007 Arabic 6 or equivalent



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

ARBC20002 Arabic 7

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Christina Mayer

Subject Overview:

In this subject students will engage with Arabic language and culture at an advanced level, through close study of Arabic stylistic and rhetorical devices as well as of the finer details of Arabic syntax. In the process, they will be reading literary and historic texts, critical articles, book excerpts and evaluative and argumentative essays of substantial length and academic standards, pertaining to Arabic literature, Arab culture, history and political economy. They will also enjoy reading some examples of Arabic popular literature. Reading activities will be supported and supplemented by opportunities to listen to recorded presentations of greater complexity and length by Arab intellectuals and literati and conduct small-scale research for writing essays. Students will enjoy intensive language practice to help develop their discourse (both written and spoken) to produce carefully constructed argumentative and evaluative essays and oral presentations of their own. Apart from Modern Standard Arabic, students will be exposed to Classical Arabic prose as well as modern idiomatic and conversational forms, learning to follow extended discourse on complex and/or abstract topics, including some non-standard language.


On completion of this subject students should

  • be able to understand and interpret long and complex texts on Arabic literature, Arab culture, history and political economy, appreciating distinctions in style;
  • be able to understand extended discourse of high complexity and academic standards on a variety of topics related to Arabic literature and Arab history and culture, without too much effort;
  • be able to follow discourse partially presented slightly slower than normal speed in non-standard language and containing some idiomatic forms;
  • have developed an understanding of some issues of Arabic literature, history and political economy;
  • have developed the ability to produce carefully constructed, clearly structured argumentative and evaluative essays of substantial length with a high degree of grammatical accuracy, demonstrating a controlled use of a range of stylistic and rhetorical devices;
  • have developed the ability to formulate ideas and opinions with precision in oral discussion on a range of issues, and to deliver extended, well-structured, sophisticated oral presentations on a variety of topics.

Continuous homework assessment, 8 pieces of written assignments (throughout the semester) 15%, an argumentative or evaluative essay of 1000 words (due after Easter non-teaching period) 25%, continuous speaking assessment (throughout the semester) 15%, a 15-minute aural/oral examination (during the examination period) 15%, and a 2-hour written examination (during the examination period) 30%. Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • K Brustad & M Al-Batal & A Al-Tonsi, Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al- cArabiyya with DVD and MP3 CD. A Textbook for Arabic. Part Three. Georgetown University Press 2007.
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument;
  • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and class discussion;
  • show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;
  • acquire public speaking skills through class discussion and class presentations;
  • acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Arabic Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic
Arabic Studies Major

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