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  • Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • 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:

HUM 4614 Postmodernism: Future Culture

Jason Mohaghegh, Associate Professor
Arts & Humanities

Fall Semester 2018
(Thanksgiving Break travel)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Important Dates

Information Session

Information Session Date

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Trim 201/202


Application Deadlines- NOTE: This application has closed for the 2018 course. Please check back in Spring 2019 for the Fall 2019 offering.

Application Opens

Monday, April 9, 2018, 09:00 AM ET

Initial Application Deadline

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:59 PM ET

Rolling Application Opens

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 09:00 AM ET

Rolling Application Deadline

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May-July)

Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.



Pre-Departure Class #1

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: TBD

Pre-Departure Class #2

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: TBD

Pre-Departure Class #3

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: TBD


Course Travel: Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 25, 2018
Class Dates: Saturday, November 17-Saturday, November 24, 2018


Wednesday, December 5, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: TBD

Academic 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.  

Faculty Video


Course Information

Course Type

Advanced Liberal Arts


4 credits


Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.


Successful completion of RHT (I and II), Foundation AHS 1000 and at least one intermediate liberal arts course (intermediate course can be taken concurrently with this course).

Course Documents

SAMPLE SCHEDULE: Dubai Itinerary.pdf
INFORMATION SESSION SLIDES: UG Elective Info Session - Dubai.pdf

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during the course in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations for an Elective Abroad, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


International Flight (Included in Program Fee)

The program fee includes international round trip travel from Boston to Dubai, ground transportation to course site visits/excursions and airport transfers. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of transportation arranged for the group. 

  • Arrival Airport Code: DXB
  • Departure Airport Code: DXB

Local Transportation

The program fee includes the following transportation: 
  • Airport transfers by coach bus
  • Site visits and excursions by coach bus, unless otherwise stated in itinerary
Students should expect to pay separately for individual transportation around the city (typically by taxi/uber).


Expect a moderate amount of walking in city, very warm climate as well as an evening excursion to the desert.


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner and closing dinner.
  • Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost:  $2,500 + Tuition (4 credits)

Program Fee: $2,500

  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, daily class time, airport transport, group flight, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
  • Not included: Tuition, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses. 
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
  • 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.

Babson Tuition: 4-Credits

  • Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the fall semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits).
  • To discuss tuition, your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Travel & Meals: $970 (visa costs vary)

  • Estimated Additional Meals: $670
  • Estimated Incidentals: $270
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on average expenses from the 2017 Dubai course.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences and personal spending habits.
  • Visa (if applicable): cost dependent on nationality 
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to DUBAI/UAE before committing to the course.
    • Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Grants & Scholarships

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

Jason Mohagegh


Professor 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.


Course Manager & Administrator

Renee Graham  

Renée Graham

Renée Graham, Assistant Director of the Short-Term Programs Team, also manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, the International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience. She manages the 2018/19 undergraduate Electives Abroad & Away courses to the UAE, Thailand/Malaysia, Spain, and New York (USA); the graduate Electives Abroad courses in Hong Kong and Sweden; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experiences in Chile and China. In the Fall you will also see Ms. Graham court side as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team.


This program is currently not accepting applications.