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GU-Q launches Arabic language course on impact of coronavirus

GU-Q launches
Arabic language
course on impact
of coronavirus

Tribune News Network
Doha
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), a QF partner institution, is offering an innovative course in Arabic that provides participants an opportunity to develop Arabic writing and critical thinking skills while exploring Arabic literature that sheds light on the social, philosophical and spiritual impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on human society.
The Executive Education Certificate course is titled ‘Literature of Being: Possession in the Time of Corona’, and will be delivered virtually from July 6 to July 29, 2020, between 7pm to 8:15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.
The global effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus has exposed severe underlying social, political and economic conditions.
Rodolph Boughaba, associate dean for Executive Education, said the events have raised many questions about modern society and called for deeper introspection into fundamental morals and values.
“What we want from this course is to explore the writings of thinkers and writers of literature through their life and non-materialistic approaches to some of the existential questions posed by global crises such as the pandemic,” Boughaba said.
The course will be taught by Assistant Professor of Arabic at GU-Q Abdul Rahman Chamseddine, who emphasised the importance of providing platforms for discussion of contemporary issues that affect the region.
“Throughout this course, we will explore some renowned texts in literature, philosophy, religion and psychology that deal with the human condition and its approach to life. We will be exposed to some selected texts from Arabic and international works translated into Arabic,” Chamseddine said.
He said participants will also gain critical Arabic reading and thinking skills and “learn how to extract the intended meaning from the texts by reading some of the most important works that criticise contemporary consumer lifestyle.”
The course is open to the public. To register before the course deadline, interested person can visit https://epe.qatar.georgetown.edu/executive-education or contact the Office of Communications +974 4457 8100

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