Arabic

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Overview

Australia’s trade with the Middle East has more than doubled in the past decade, making it an increasingly important region with broad strategic, economic, religious and cultural influence. Studies in Arabic help you develop communication skills in modern standard Arabic, with language fluency further enhanced through an understanding of Middle Eastern history, culture and society. In-country language programs are available to students undertaking a major sequence in Arabic.

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Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

In-country study

The In-Country Language Program is available to students completing a major sequence in Arabic via study abroad.  The program is a unique part of language study and an excellent way of accelerating completion of the major.  Second and third year students have the opportunity to spend eight weeks studying language and culture in its own environment. This enables students to converse, read and write about more complex topics and to discuss ideas and information. Students also build upon their knowledge of grammar based on what they have learned previously.  Upon successful completion of this program, students will be awarded a preclusion for either AIB351 or AIB352.  For more information about the In-Country Language program please refer to the Work Integrated Learning website or contact the WIL team: artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au

Career outcomes

Graduates expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations, including the education sector, federal defence agencies, government departments, immigration departments/ consultancies, intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations, research and translation services.

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Units

The Arabic major sequence is offered at two levels; beginners' level (little or no prior knowledge of the language) and post-level 12 Arabic.

Arabic major sequence for beginners

  • Arabic 1A AIB151
  • Arabic 1B AIB152
  • Arabic 2A AIB251
  • Arabic 2B AIB252
  • Arabic 3A AIB351 (2 credit points)
  • Arabic 3B AIB352 (2 credit points)
  • Approved Study Abroad may replace with AIB351 or AIB352

    Students undertaking the beginners' sequence may undertake AIB309 and/or AIB310 in their final level as electives in addition to the prescribed major sequence.

    Notes:

    The Arabic major sequence for post-level 12 Arabic:

  • Arabic 2A AIB251
  • Arabic 2B AIB252
  • Arabic 3A AIB351 (2 credit points)
  • Arabic 3B AIB352 (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Arabic Language Skills AIB309
  • Introduction to Translation Skills AIB310
  • Approved Study Abroad may replace with AIB351 or AIB352

    Notes: 

    (i) The following units complement the Arabic major sequence:

  • Historical Foundations of the Middle East AIE153
  • Modern Middle East Politics AIE154
  • Issues and Themes in Middle East Politics AIE255
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