Contemporary Arab Studies

This program aims at providing students with in depth and analytical knowledge of contemporary Arab issues from an Arab perspective; that is, how problems and their significance are articulated and debated in contemporary Arab discourse and in the writings of diverse Arab intellectuals.

Our aims are:

  • To train scholars for researching and writing about the various (political, social, cultural) aspects of Arabic world society and understanding it’s international and regional contexts, and its impact on the Palestinians and the Arab countries.
  • Provide our graduates with excellent academic research, theoretical, and critical-thinking skills.
  • Contribute to the general knowledge and public debates within the university community and the community at large.

We expect our students to have a good sense and knowledge of:

  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Structure of Contemporary Arab Society.
  • The nature of Contemporary Arab Culture.
  • Issues and Trends in Contemporary Arab Thought.
  • The Arab Political System.
  • Political Geography of the Arab World.

Our students will be qualified to seek jobs at:

  • research institutes in Palestine and in the Arab region.
  • various media organs and newspapers.
  • official government bodies and international organizations.
Program Requirements

The completion of no less than 36 credit hours distributed as follows:
 

1. Compulsory Courses:(15 credits hours)

Course No

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

ARST630

Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities

 

ARST631

Contemporary Arab Society: Social and Developmental Issues

 

ARST633

Contemporary Arab Thought: Issues and Trends

 

ARST634

The Arab Political System

 

ARST635

Political Geography of the Arab World

 

Note: All students are required to complete ARST630 within the first 15 credits of their registration in the program.

 

2. Elective Courses: (15 credit hours)

Course No

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

ARST636

Issues of Citizenship, Diversity and Integration in the Arab World

 

ARST637

The Arab City

 

ARST638

Education and Schooling in the Arab World

 

ARST639

Issues in Development in the Arab World

 

ARST730

The Economy of the Arab World

 

ARST731

Women in Contemporary Arab Society

 

ARST732

Globalization and the Arab World

 

ARST733

The Arabs and Modernity

 

ARST734

Contemporary Trends in Islamic Thought

 

ARST735

Arab Nationalism, Pan-Arabism and Politics of Identity

 

ARST736

Democracy and Political Movements in the Arab World

 

ARST737

Zionism and the Arab World

 

ARST7380

Studies in Contemporary Arab Literature

 

ARST7381

Issues in Media and the Communication Revolution in the Arab World

 

ARST7382

Orientalism and Occidentalism

 

ARST7383

Studies in Arab Popular Culture

 

Note: ARST739can be calculated as an elective course instead of one of the elective courses from the above mentioned groups.

 

3. Track “A” or Track “B”:6 Credit Hours; Thesis or two Seminars 

 

Course No

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

Track A

ARST860

Thesis

The completion of no less than 15 credit hours.

Track B

ARST830

Seminar 1

ARST831

Seminar 2