Emirates Culture and Society

Course Code: GEN105
Course Title: Emirates Culture and Society
Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours/Week: 3
Prerequisites: None

Course Description

This course introduces relevant information concerning the existing social life in the UAE. The course provides coverage of the important historical, social, economic and development events that have taken place since the era of the federation until present. The course also focuses on some important topics about human rights and other social developments that the UAE society has witnessed to become a modern state.

Learning Outcomes

  • CLO1. Outline the history, culture, and practices of Islam and explain how they shape the lives of Muslims today.
  • CLO2. Compare Islamic culture with other cultures.
  • CLO3. Criticise prejudices about Muslims being fundamentalist.

Weightage %

Weight of Various Assessment Elements & Alignment of Course Learning Outcomes to Program Learning Outcomes:

Task  Weight in % CLO1 CLO2 CLO3 CLO4
Quiz (1)  (30 minutes) 10% X X

Group Project (1)

(1200 words) (2 weeks duration)

20% X X

Presentation (1)

(10-15 minutes)

10% X X
Midterm Examination 30% X X
Final Examination 30% X X X

Weekly Schedule

(Lectures, Labs, Presentations, Exams, and Out-of-class Assignments):

Week# Topics CLO(s) Activities
1 Geographical location of the UAE and its surroundings LO1  
2 The ancient history of the UAE LO1  
3 UAE under British colonization LO1  
4 Discovery of the Oil LO1  
5 Traditional Life in the UAE society LO1  
6 The Old political system LO2 Quiz
7 Constitution of Federation Government LO2  
8 Interaction between Federation and local governments LO2 Midterm Examination
9 The Characteristics of the modern UAE society LO1, LO2  
10 New Political, Economic & Social Developments LO1, LO2  
11 HH. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan: Social changes; pre and post federation LO3  
12 H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan: Life and contributions LO4 Assignment
13 Future plans for the society LO4 Presentation
14 Economic developments LO3, LO4  
15 Final examination LO1, LO2, LO4 Final Exam
16 Final examination LO1, LO2, LO4 Final Exam

Out-of-class Project

Students will be given a group project to analyze the changes in different social groups and sectors and discuss the possible economic growth and development of UAE society. Students will use the secondary sources of information to study the past, analyze the present situation and suggest possible future changes related to different sectors within the UAE society; derive conclusions on how these changes have an impact on the growth and development of the UAE society. Students will work in a group of three and present their project in the class. The project is 20% of the total coursework and the presentation is 10% and will be due in weeks 12 and 13 respectively.

Teaching Methods

Instructional sequence:
The course will illustrate and explain the stages of development of the UAE society including all aspects affecting it. Students should be able to discuss the significant factors that contributed to the broad development of the UAE society. The theoretical aspects of the course will be taught concurrently, whenever possible. Class exercises will reinforce the classroom instruction.

Classroom instruction:
The course will be a combination of lectures and tutorials. Students will be given a major assignment which requires them to conduct a simple group assignment within various social groups in the UAE, working groups of locals, expatriates, women, youth…. etc. and study the changes within these different social groups, derive conclusions on how these different societies co-exist and propose suggestions to resolve any issues for future development of the UAE society.

Educational Resources

Educational Resource Description
Textbook Required

Emirates society: Originality & Modernity, Dr. Mohammed Tohail As’eed, Dr. Saeed Abdullah Hareb , Al Falah books, fourth edition, 2021


Other References

UAE – Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture, 2018 by John Walsh ISBN-978-1857338744

The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place, Germaine R. Halegoua , New York University Press, 2020, ISBN-978-1479882199


Other Resources Library resources, Internet search for periodicals

Course Policies

Class Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all classes of this course (without exception). Prior approval is required for the class absence except for emergencies. However, any student with 30% short attendance will be forced to withdraw from the course, and the student will receive EW in his/her transcript for this course.

Do not come late to class. Any student coming late will not be allowed to attend the class, and he/she will be marked absent.

Failure to attend a course exam will result in zero marks unless the student provides an excuse acceptable to the Dean, who approves a re-sit exam. Failed courses will normally be reassessed in the scheduled semester. It is your responsibility to attend the exam at the correct time and place. Your results will be printed in a transcript, which includes all your assessments. You should check the accuracy of your transcript. If there is an error in your transcript, you have to notify the instructor.

Assignments & Projects:
Assignments and projects should be handed over to the instructor on the due date. A zero mark will follow the late submission of an assignment unless the student has an acceptable reason approved by the instructor.

Exam Attendance/Punctuality:

  • In the event that a student is up to ten minutes late, he/she will be permitted to attend/sit the exam. However, there will not be any extra time allowances made in favor of this student.
  • In the event that a student is more than 10 minutes late, he/she will not be permitted to attend/sit the exam.

Re-sit Exams:
The student will not be allowed to re-sit an exam unless he/she furnishes the institute with written evidence as follows:

  • Sickness by providing a medical report stamped by the Ministry of Health.
  • Death of a member of his/her family.
  • Accidents (e.g., car accidents).
  • Natural causes such as heavy storms.

Definition of cheating: Cheating is an attempt to gain marks dishonestly and includes:

  • Copying from another student’s work.
  • Using materials not authorized by the institute.
  • Collaborating with another student during a test without permission.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, or stealing the contents of a test.
  • Plagiarism means presenting another person’s work or ideas as one’s own without attribution.

Penalty of Cheating:
The minimum penalty for cheating is an automatic Zero for the test or assignment leading to a possible “F” for the subject. The student will be expelled from the examination room so that he/she doesn’t disturb other students. The exam invigilator will produce a report on the case. The report will be kept in the student file. A second offense will result in the immediate suspension of the student for the remainder of the current semester. A copy of the decision will be kept in the student file, while another one will be passed to the Dean.

In addition to the hard copy, students may be required to submit written assignments/reports in soft copy through the Turnitin system available online at the Learning Management System (Moodle) to check the “Similarity Index.” The penalties for minor and major violations are indicated below.

Offence Penalty
Minor offence (First time) The student will receive a written academic warning, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.
Minor offence (Repeated) The student will receive zero and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.
Major offence (First time) The student will receive an F grade in the course and a written academic warning, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.

Major offence (Repeated)


The student will receive an F grade in the course and will be suspended for one semester, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.

All types of electronic communication aids and devices are not allowed in classes.

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