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Persian Language and Culture 1


Admission requirements

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


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


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The course is offered as part of a full-time program of studies, and therefore work commitments, holidays, or overseas travel do not constitute valid reasons for absence. The lecturer should be informed in writing of any classes to be missed for a valid reason (i.e., due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the student’s control, such as documented illness, family bereavement, problems with residence permits, victim of crime, or railway delays). In case of a justified absence, it is up to the Lecturer to decide whether the missed class should be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Please note that you are required to provide documentation that supports your case for absence where possible. Absence without notification and approval could result in a grade deduction, or in work not being marked 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. It is assumed that students' work is their own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations). Students may not substantially reuse any work they have previously submitted in this or other courses. Minor overlap with previous work is allowed as long as it is duly noted in citation.
Assignment(s) must be submitted to Brightspace through Turnitin, so they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.


  • Written exam with short open questions and essay question

  • Presentation


  • Written midterm exam: 30%

  • Written final exam: 50%

  • Presentation: 20%


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.


Students will be registered by the Education Administration Office de Vrieshof.

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