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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2010

ARA 360L • WOMEN IN ARAB SOCIETIES TODAY

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41702 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 305
ABBOUD, P

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to enable students with Intermediate High or Advanced Low levels of Proficiency to acquire a higher order of learning skills, to read at an accelerating speed and with in-depth understanding, to relate ideas, to make inferences, and to correctly interpret complex linguistic structures, and so reach higher levels of competence in Arabic. Readings for the course will feature authentic materials with complex cultural and socio-linguistic content drawn from a variety of sources such as books, articles in periodicals, editorials, media reports, essays, and literary pieces, and will include materials of the students' own choosing that reflect their personal or research interests. This body of readings will point to the thoughts, aspirations, sentiments, moods, roles, and social impact of women of various social classes in contemporary Arab societies. Students will discuss and debate issues, present oral and written reports, extract summaries and outlines, write essays that support or refute arguments, develop character studies, using Arabic modes of expressions, Arabic complex structures, and Arabic stylistic devices. All activities will be conducted in Arabic.

Grading Policy

Class Participation 35% Assignments 35% Mid-term and final papers 30%

Texts

Please see instructor.

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