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  • Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Eligible Populations: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Pre-requisites: CVA, HSS, LVA, See Below Program Advisor: Renee Graham
Program Description:

HUM4614 - Postmodernism: Future Culture


Dr. Jason Mohaghegh, Associate Professor
Arts & Humanities





Quick Facts


Information Session
Monday, April 10, 5:00-6:00 PM
Location: Trim 201
Application Deadlines  
-- Application Opens Monday, April 10, 2017, 9:00 AM ET
-- Initial Application Deadline Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11:59 PM ET
-- Rolling Application Deadline Sunday, August 27, 2017, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May - July)
Course Dates  
-- Pre-Travel
Tuesday October 17 (6:00 - 8:00 PM)
Tuesday October 24 (6:00 - 9:00 PM)
Tuesday November 7 (6:00 - 9:00 PM)
-- Travel Friday, November 17 - Sunday November 26, 2017
-- Post-Travel Tuesday, December 5 (6:00 - 8:00 PM)


Dubai, United Arab Emirates 


Open to students who have completed the pre-requisite work and are in good academic and social standing with the college. See below for pre-requisite details.

Financial Considerations

Program Fee: $1,430
Airfare (Required group flight): $970
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate (TBD). Each Elective Abroad Course is 4 credits. 
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations below.

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Program Overview

Course Description

This course explores postmodern culture as a strange obsession with the future. Thus we will use the captivating cityscape of Dubai—its unparalleled architecture, its accelerated movement and fragmented spatial organization, the provocative visual design behind its many tourist sites—in order to track crucial ideas of simulation, virtuality, and the spectacle in our postmodern era. Moreover, we will navigate contemporary works of literature, philosophy, film, and architecture while making several excursions into Dubai as a constructed cultural zone of the Middle East. Ultimately, this rare immersion in perhaps the most futuristic place on earth will provide us a dynamic outlook on how postmodern culture blurs the boundaries of reality itself.  

Information Session PowerPoint

To learn more about the course, please review the faculty's PRESENTATION.

Information Session

Monday April 10, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Trim 201

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Program Details


4 credits, Advanced Liberal Arts


Dubai, United Arab Emirates 


Open to Sophomore, Junior, or Senior students. Applicant must be in and remain in good academic and social standing prior to and throughout participation in course.

Course Pre-Requisites

RHT (I and II), Foundation AHS 1000, at least 1 intermediate liberal art (LVA, CVA or HSS).

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Housing & Transportation


Charter bus, local train, subway

Arrival Airport Code

DXB (arrival and departure)

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Financial Considerations

Financial Summary

Program Fee $1,430
Flight Cost (Required Group Flight) $970
Tuition Included in fall semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
Financial Aid & Grant Information Contact SFS for more information
Billable subtotal:   $2,400
Estimated Additional Meals* $670
Estimated Incidentals* $270
Visa (if applicable)** See notes below
Non-billable subtotal:   $940 (plus visa costs if applicable)
Total:   $3,340 ; flat rate tuition

Program Fee and Airfare

Program fee and group international airfare is paid to Glavin Office, program fee includes accommodations, breakfast, airport transfers, group ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions. Not included: visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.  
The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.

Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information

Tuition will be paid to SFS. To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Additional Expenses

*Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the US Department of State Foreign Per Diem Rates (as of 4/1/2017) and reflect corporate rate estimates.  These estimates are generally higher than student's needs, however, expenses vary with individual spending.

**All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Dubai before committing to the course.  Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Cancellation Policy

All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.
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Faculty Information

Jason Mohaghegh Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh teaches courses in comparative literature, Middle Eastern studies, world literature, and modern philosophy. He received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, with an interest in global intersections of the avant-garde, existentialism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism. Professor Mohaghegh's scholarly focus is upon tracking emergent currents of experimental thought in the Middle East and the West, with particular attention to exploring the concepts of chaos, violence, illusion, silence, sectarianism, and apocalyptic writing.

He has published six books to date—The Chaotic Imagination: New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), Inflictions: The Writing of Violence in the Middle East (Continuum, 2012), The Radical Unspoken: Silence in Middle Eastern and Western Thought (Routledge, 2013), Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian: The Four Masks of an Eastern Postmodernism (SUNY, 2015); Born Upon the Dark Spear: Selected Poems of Ahmad Shamlu (translation; Contra Mundum, 2016); Elemental Disappearances (co-authored with Dejan Lukic; Punctum Books, 2016). He is also the co-editor of a book series titled Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought (Bloomsbury), which is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge movements in literature, philosophy, culture, and art across the region, and the co-director of the 5th Disappearance Lab. 
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Contact Information

Program Manager


Renée Graham Dr. Jason Mohaghegh
(781)239-4536 (781)239-4591

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This program is currently not accepting applications.