** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Jason Mohaghegh, Associate Professor
Arts & Humanities
Fall Semester 2018
(Thanksgiving Break travel)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Information Session Date
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 PM
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
Pre-Departure Class #2
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Pre-Departure Class #3
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM
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
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.
Advanced Liberal Arts
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
Renée Graham manages the programming for Elective Abroad courses and the International Consulting Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in the UAE, Thailand/Laos, Spain and Elective Away course to Manhattan; graduate Electives Abroad in Hong Kong, Sweden and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Chile and China.