Courses

Courses available this semester are viewable on the course roster.

For information about placement exams, contact the program coordinator.


Language Courses

PERS 011: Elementary Persian I

Semester: Fall
Prerequistie: None

Elementary Persian I is an introductory-level course designed to help you start learning Persian and to give you the necessary tools to continue your study of Persian. This course introduces the Persian alphabet alongside grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. The four language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as pronunciation and culture are integrated into the curriculum.

Taught by: Entezari

 

PERS 012: Elementary Persian II

Semester: Spring
Prerequisite: PERS 011 or equivalent with placecement exam

Emphasis is placed on using the language for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Therefore use of English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing—as well as culture, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation—are integrated into the course.

Taught by: Entezari

 

PERS 013: Intermediate Persian I

Semester: Fall
Prerequisite: PERS 012 or equivalent with placement exam

In this course, we will begin to address a broader variety of topics in order to increase your proficiency in linguistic as well as cultural terms. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Therefore use of English is restricted.

Taught by: Entezari

 

PERS 014: Intermediate Persian II

Semester: Spring
Prerequisite: PERS 013 or PERS 017 or equivalent with placement exam

In this course, we will continue to address a broader variety of topics in order to increase your proficiency in linguistic as well as cultural terms. Emphasis is placed on actively using Persian for interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Therefore the use of English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated into the course, as are culture, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

Taught by: Entezari

 

PERS 015: Advanced Persian I

Semester: Fall

Taught by: Shams

 

PERS 016: Advanced Persian II

Semester: Spring

Taught by: Shams

 

PERS 017: Persian for Heritage Speakers

Semester: Fall
Prerequisite: Proficiency in Persian (whether Farsi or Dari) without literacy

Persian for Heritage Speakers is conducted in Persian and designed to help you strengthen your skills by learning not only to read and write, but also to engage in more complex forms of discourse in Persian. In this course, we will begin to address a variety of topics in order to increase your proficiency in linguistic as well as cultural terms. Emphasis is placed on actively using the language for interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. Therefore, English is restricted. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are integrated into the course, as are culture, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Note: Students can complete the language requirement by taking PERS 017 in the fall and PERS 014 in the spring.

Taught by: Entezari

 

PERS 320: Persian Culture, Literature and Film for Advanced Learners I

 


Content Courses

NELC 118: Iranian Cinema: Gender, Politics, and Religion (Taught in English)

Semester: Spring

Iranian cinema is world-renowned not only because of its unique aesthetics, but also for its social commentary. In this course we explore various topics related to gender, politics, and religion in Iranian society through the medium of film. We watch acclaimed Iranian films made before and after the 1979 revolution, as well as a few films made outside of Iran. In order to be able to analyze the films’ aesthetics, students learn basic cinema studies terminology. So as to be able to situate the films within their historical contexts, students learn about gender, politics, and religion in Iran, as well as about the history of Iranian cinema. Additionally, we treat other topics such as censorship, transnational film production, and the representation of women and minorities. Note: No prior knowledge about Iran or cinema is necessary. All films are subtitled in English.

Taught by: Entezari

Also Offered As: CIMS 118, COML 120, GSWS 118, NELC 618

 

NELC 216: Introduction to Persian Poetic Tradition (Taught in English)

This course introduces some of the major genres and themes of the millennium-old Persian poetic tradition from ancient to modern Iran. Epic and romance, love and mysticism, wine and drunkenness, wisdom and madness, body and mind, sin and temptation are some of the key themes that will be explored through a close reading of poems in this course.The course suits undergraduate students of all disciplines, as it requires no prior knowledge of or familiarity with the Persian language or the canon of Persian literature. All teaching materials are available in English translation. Students are expected to attend seminars and take part in discussions

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

Taught by: Shams

Course usually offered in spring term

Also Offered As: COML 215, GSWS 214, HIST 226, NELC 516

 

NELC 217: Modern Iran and the West Through the Lens of Fiction (Taught in English)

This undergraduate level course explores key tropes and themes of Iranian modernity through a close reading of Persian novel, short story, travelogue, and memoir. Various literary genres from social realism, to surrealism, magic realism, naturalism, and absurd literature will be introduced with specific reference to Iran’s literature and in light of literary theory of novel. The course does not require any prior knowledge of Persian language and literature. Throughout the course, we will be particularly concerned with the relationship between Persian fiction and the West. We will investigate this curious relationship through themes of gender, religion, politics and war.

Taught by: Shams

Also Offered As: NELC 517

 

NELC 218: Media and Culture in Contemporary Iran (Taught in English)

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the culture and media of modern Iran, with a critical perspective on issues such as identity formation, ethnicity, race, and nation-building. It focuses on how these issues relate to various aspects of modern Iranian culture — such as religion, gender, sexuality, war, and migration — through the lens of media, cinema, and literature.

Taught by: Shams

Also Offered As: CIMS 218, GSWS 218, NELC 518, RELS 219