• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Middle East Studies, Arts
  • Minor code APRS-MIN

Persian language (Farsi) is the native 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 minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following courses:

PERS3005 Advanced Persian A (6 units)

PERS3006 Advanced Persian B (6 units)

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MEAS2000 Iran: History, Politics and Culture (6 units)

PERS2003 Intermediate Persian A (6 units)

PERS2004 Intermediate Persian B (6 units)

POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East (6 units)

POLS3070 Politics in Central Asia (6 units)

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