Arabic in Context 2

Subject ARBC30001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


ARBC30004 Arabic 5 or equivalent.


Students completing a Major or Diploma must also enrol in the Level 3 Arabic language subject (ARBC30005 Arabic 6, ARBC30007 Aarbic 8 or ARBC30003 Arabic 10) determined by their entry level, in this semester.

Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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 Abdul-Samad Abdullah


Dr Abdul-Samad Abdullah

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to cultivate understanding of Arabic language in use, and to equip students with sound communication skills. We will consider key features of Arabic discourse and regional and social peculiarities. Students will engage in activities to enhance their sociocultural and pragmatic competence in Arabic to allow fuller participation in a range of Arab communication settings. Students will also learn to analyse written, online and face-to-face communication in a variety of social contexts, using a number of discourse analysis approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:
have an enhanced understanding of Arabic language in use;
have been introduced to key features of Arabic discourse;
have deepened their knowledge of the economic, political & cultural history of the peoples inhabiting the Arab World;
have studied in some detail some salient issues related to the political, economic & cultural development of the countries of the Middle East & North Africa;
have further enhanced their socio-cultural awareness of the Arab World;
have further enhanced their socio-cultural & pragmatic competence in Arabic;
have developed effective communicative skills;
have become aware of current issues in the Arab World.


A take-home test in Arabic 15% (due week 7), an essay of 1000 words in English or Arabic 15% (due at the end of the semester), class presentations in pairs 20% (throughout the semester) and a 30-minute oral examination 50% (during the examination period). 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. Assignments submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class assessmnet tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Institute.

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

Students completing a Major or a Diploma must enrol in this subject in the 2nd semester of the 3rd year of their studies.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic

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