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ARAB3050 Arab Drama on Stage and Screen

20 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Sameh Hanna

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Having completed levels 1 and 2

Module replaces

ARAB3001 Arab Cinema

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module offers an in-depth knowledge of modern Arabic drama. Through examining representative dramatic texts and films from different Arab countries, the module looks into the linguistic, cultural and socio-political dynamics that both motivated and resulted from their production.


The main objective of this module is to examine modern Arab drama on both the stage and screen. Looking at representative theatre texts and films from different Arab countries, this module explores the artistic and socio-political dynamics of dramatizing Arab realities in the theatre and film industries. Through lectures, seminars and individual/group presentations, students will gain a thorough understanding of Arab theatre and cinema, as well as the social and cultural issues involved in their production and reception.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have acquired the ability to:
- Appreciate the meanings of Arabic dramatic texts and films within their social, cultural and political contexts;
- Develop conceptual tools for understanding, researching and critically reflecting on these cultural products;
- Develop presentation and communication skills in Arabic.
- Develop essay writing and time management skills.

Skills outcomes
- Critical thinking
- Comprehending, contextualising and critiquing plays and films representing various dramatic trends and different Arab countries.
- Communication and presentation skills.


The syllabus of this module will explore the following plays and films:

Modern Arab drama: the challenges of a new artistic genre.
1. Early efforts of theatre production: translation, adaptation, Arabization and Egyptianization of foreign dramatic texts.
2. King Oedipus by Tawfik Al-Hakim
3. Strangers Don't Drink Coffee by Mahmud Diyab
4. That's Life, by Mamduh 'Udwan
5. The Zanj Revolution, by 'Izz Al-Din Al-Madani

Introducing Arab Cinema
1. Yacoubian Building, by Marwan Hamid
2. Silences of the Palace, by Moufida Tlatli
3. Rachida, by Yamina Bachir.
4. West Beirut, by Ziad Doueiri
5. A New Day in Old San'a, by Bin Hirsi
6. Four Women of Egypt, by Tahani Rached.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours169.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Written / oral assignments
- Designated feedback sessions (one per semester)
- Student questionnaires/surveys
- Personal tutee appointments
- Office hours

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 word50.00
Poster Presentation10 - 15 Minutes10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018


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