The MCAS is an academic master’s degree that requires full time commitment on the part of the student.
Taught entirely in Arabic, the MCAS program consists of five modules (50 on-campus ECTS) and a final paper (10 ECTS).
The final paper must be an unpublished individual piece of work written in Arabic on a topic related to the program contents. It is a 40-50-page paper to be defended orally before a panel maximum six months after the end of the courses.
The five MCAS modules reflect the key fields within Area Studies, with an emphasis on both the contemporary aspect (Modern Standard Arabic, two Arabic dialects, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, Arab history and societies of the 20th and 21st centuries, post-modernity, etc.) and social commitment (Arab revolts, diversity, cosmopolitanism and hybridity, queer and gender studies, Arab feminism, human rights, cooperation and non-profit sector, etc.).
Module 1: LANGUAGE
- Modern Standard Arabic (4 ECTS)
- Levantine Arabic/Shami (3 ECTS)
- Moroccan Arabic/Darija(3 ECTS)
- Sociolinguistics (2 ECTS)
- Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (3 ECTS)
Module 2: ARTISTIC PRODUCTION AND CULTURE
- Contemporary literature (4 ECTS)
- Cinema and theatre (2 ECTS)
- Musical production (2 ECTS)
- Visual and fine arts (2 ECTS)
Module 3: HISTORY AND SOCIETY
- History of the contemporary Arab World (20th & 21st centuries) (3 ECTS)
- New Arab societies (3 ECTS)
- Legal and administrative systems (2 ECTS)
- Political and social movements (2 ECTS)
Module 4: THOUGHT, RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY
- Contemporary Arab thought (3 ECTS)
- Islam and Arab spirituality (3 ECTS)
Module 5: INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION MEDIA
- Newspapers (3 ECTS)
- TV (3 ECTS)
- Alternative and social media (3 ECTS)