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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Course: Modern Arabic Literature (IMES10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryLanguage-based course providing a brief survey of the main developments in modern Arabic prose and poetry, focusing on a short selection of representative works from both genres.
Course description The Modern Arabic Literature course consists of two parts, the first covering representative works of prose, and the second a selection of poetry. Despite the obvious time constraints of the course, the literature covered attempts to represent several different Arab countries and both male and female writers and poets.

Guidance on secondary reading is also provided. Not all of the primary Arabic texts will be covered during class time. Rather, students are expected to read these in their own time and class time will concentrate on tackling areas found to be problematic or deemed to be key for class discussion of literary themes, forms and techniques.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Before enrolling students on this course, you are asked to contact the IMES Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504182, e-mail Students not studying Arabic degrees must contact the course organiser to check level of Arabic language ability before being enrolling on the course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 courses in a suitable subject area at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

Students will also have to contact the course organiser to check level of Arabic language ability before being admitted to the course.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) one 3 hour exam (60%), one essay of 2,500 words (30%), coursework (10%).
Feedback Short verbal, followed by a short written feedback by the course instructor for class presentations. Detailed written feedback by the course instructor and second marker for coursework essay.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. read modern Arabic literature in the original language;
  2. demonstrate an informed knowledge of key literary developments in Arabic prose and poetry from the 19th century onwards;
  3. demonstrate an awareness of historical and social contexts within which modern Arabic literature developed;
  4. critically discuss various themes found in modern Arabic literature;
  5. discuss various forms and techniques used by modern Arab writers and poets.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsIMES MAL
Course organiserDr Ines Asceric-Todd
Tel: (0131 6)50 6814
Course secretaryMs Hannah Foster
Tel: (0131 6 )50 4182
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