Acquisition of advanced grammar and vocabulary. Increased focus on reading, writing, and discussion in Modern Standard Arabic.
USC does not presently offer a 4th year option for students of Arabic, as it has not been necessary thus far. However, with the growth of the program and student interest, more and more students of Arabic are interested in taking their knowledge of Arabic to higher levels. Several students have expressed interest in summer programs and studying abroad, thus leaving them as juniors and seniors without any Arabic course to take. Moreover, because of the history of Arabic as a prestige language, and the use of Modern Standard Arabic as a language of literature and formal situations, written MSA is often still inaccessible to students even after 3 years of study. The proposed course series (ARAB 401/402) focus on the student’s ability to read and write at higher levels, a skill necessary for students hoping to use Arabic in professional situations in the future. ARAB 401/402 would focus on real texts and media in formal MSA, thus preparing students and giving them the skills to move forward in their study of Arabic, whether that be to work for the government or an NGO, or to read or study literature for pleasure or professionally.
The Departmental Curriculum Committee suggest the following changes be made and the proposal be resubmitted:
See the 10% rule: http://bulletin.sc.edu/content.php?catoid=52&navoid=1280#Attendance_Policy
One committee member wrote:
Need a week-by-week semester schedule, even if minimal and tentative. Also, under learning outcomes--change "understand" to an active verb. Do these two things and we'll be good.
Your proposal is being returned for the following reason:
• The new prereq indicates successful completion of ARAB 302. Please indicate the minimum grade one must achieve (i.e., C or better in ARAB 302, or whatever minimum is appropriate).
The committee also identified a few areas in the syllabus that could be improved
• It is not clear how participation is measured. Is it just attendance?
• Weight is assigned to Quizzes and Tests, but the tests are given separate weights. It seems quizzes should be listed on their own. Also indicate how many quizzes the students can expect.
If the above concerns are addressed, and the proposal reaches the Curricula and Courses Committee by noon on August 31st, it will be approved and included in those courses being recommended to the Faculty Senate for the upcoming Faculty Senate meeting. If the committee receives it after that date, it will be considered during the next Curricula and Courses review cycle and can still make it into the 2019-2020 bulletin.
Please contact me if you have questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
John Gerdes, Chair803email@example.comFaculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We have approved the proposal and are moving it forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
The committee did notice one issue with the proposal. The syllabus is suppose to include the Bulletin Course description, but this is missing in the submitted syllabus. While the guidelines do require that you include the Bulletin Description, you have the option of also including a more detailed course description that provides more information for the class being offered. Please add the Bulletin Description to the syllabus the next time the course is taught.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chairjgerdes@sc.eduFaculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses803-777-8529
Course will be added to the 1920 Undergraduate Bulletin.