• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Language Studies
  • Major code PERS-MAJ

Persian language (Farsi) is the mother tongue of more than 150 million people in the Middle East and Central Asia, spoken today primarily in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, with speakers in a number of other countries in the region. Persian was widely understood from the Mediterranean to India, and has a rich historical and cultural legacy, and includes the work of Ferdousi, Khayyam, Saadi, Rumi and Hafiz.  Persian literature influenced the works of European writers such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Lamartine, Maeterlinck, Goethe and F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as many Arabic, Turkish and Urdu writings, and many Persian words are retained in those language.

Learning Outcomes

  1.  write texts in Farsi in the appropriate genre, with correct grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to the level of the student;
  2. read, comprehend and infer authors' meanings in newspapers, magazines, literary and critical texts written in Farsi;
  3. engage with authentic media such as Persian news, movies or music by analysing and evaluating their content;
  4. communicate verbally in a variety of settings with proficient Farsi speakers; and
  5. identify and differentiate aspects and issues of the cultures and societies associated with the Farsi language.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level

A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

PERS1001 - Introductory Persian A (6 units)

PERS1002 - Introductory Persian B (6 units)

A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 36 units from the completion of the following:

POLS2031 - Politics in the Middle East (6 units)

PERS2003 - Intermediate Persian A (6 units)

PERS2004 - Intermediate Persian B (6 units)

MEAS2000 - Iranian History and Culture (6 units)

MEAS2005 - Gender and Culture in Iran and the Middle East (6 units)

MEAS3004 - Iran in World Politics (6 units)

POLS3070 - Politics in Central Asia (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the following:

PERS3005 - Advanced Persian A (6 units)

PERS3006 - Advanced Persian B (6 units)

48 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PERS1001 Introductory Persian A 6
PERS1002 Introductory Persian B 6
POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East 6
  POLS 2070: Politics in Central Asia
PERS2003 Intermediate Persian A 6
PERS2004 Intermediate Persian B 6
PERS3005 Advanced Persian A 6
PERS3006 Advanced Persian B 6
  PERS 3007: Applied Persian
MEAS2000 Iran: History, Politics and Culture 6
  MEAS 2106: Persian Art
  MEAS 2107: Gender & Culture in MiddleEast
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