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Persian Language and Culture 2


Admission requirements

Persian Language and Culture 1.
This course goes in parallel with Media Persian, both courses must be taken simultaneously.


This course is a continuation of Persian Language and Culture 1 with an emphasis on more advanced grammar of Persian. In this course we will further discuss the form and the theory of Persian syntax. The vocabulary will be expanded through writing and translation exercises. The course will expand on the basic knowledge of Persian culture that students have acquired in Persian Language and Culture 1, and will address cultural aspects of Iran using advanced and academic texts in Persian.

Course objectives

Acquiring a thorough understanding of the principles of advanced Persian grammar and building a comprehensive vocabulary. On this basis, at the end of this course, students will be able to read, analyse and translate texts in standard written Persian on various topics and translate these texts. The spoken and written Persian is further addressed in the courses Conversation Persian 1 and Text Persian 1 that are also offered in the second semester.


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Mode of instruction

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method


  • Written exam with short open questions and essay question

  • Presentation


  • Written exam: 80%

  • Presentation: 20%


The resit exam is a written exam, which will count 100%.

Inspection and feedback

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

The material will be chosen in consultation with the teacher.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.


Dr. S. Rafiee Rad


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).