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Persian Language and Culture 1

Vak
2021-2022

Admission requirements

Successful completion of the Persian writing course in the week before the start of the semester.

Description

This course starts with an introduction to the Persian language and culture. Students are introduced to the script, phonology, morphology and syntax of the Persian language, and will learn the accompanying terminology. The course is taught with reference to a number of Persian grammar books and accompanying exercises. The exercises are prepared by the students in advance of each class and are the primary means through which the grammar is brought into practice during class. There are three two-hour classes each week. The course requires active preparation and participation. Attendance of the classes is compulsory. Cultural aspects of Iranian society are introduced through texts and students will aquire basic knowledge of Iranian culture. At the end of the course students will have an overview of the basics of the grammatical system of the Persian language and culture, and are able to translate and analyse simple Persian texts.

Course objectives

  • Working knowledge of Persian grammar

  • Basic knowledge of vocabularies in Persian

  • Knowledge of the accompanying terminology and the transliteration system

  • Ability to translate simple texts from Persian into English, and simple sentences from

  • English into Persian

  • Basic knowledge of cultural and societal aspects of Iranian society

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

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

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). It is also unacceptable for students to reuse portions of texts they had previously authored and have already received academic credit for on this or other courses. In such cases, students are welcome to self-cite so as to minimise overlap between prior and new work.
Students must submit their papers and assignments through Brightspace, so that they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.

Assessment

  • Written exam with short open questions and essay question

  • Presentation

Weighing

  • Written midterm exam: 30%

  • Written final exam: 50%

  • Presentation: 20%

Resit

There is no resit for the presentation. There is a resit exam for the midterm and the final, which will count for 80%.

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 reading list is available on Brightspace.

Registration

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

Contact

Remarks

Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol. 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 above mentioned protocol.