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Courses - Spring 2022
PERS
Persian Department Site
PERS102
Elementary Persian II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PERS101; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian.
Continuation of PERS101 with emphasis on the use of formal language, vocabulary building, and reading.
PERS110
Rumi Rocks!: Persian Poets as Best Sellers and Spiritual Guides in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: AMST110.
Credit only granted for: AMST110 or PERS110.
Analyzes the poetry of the great Persian poets Rumi and Hafez (in translation) with a particular eye towards understanding their blockbuster popularity in the United States as "mystical guides" for individuals dissatisfied with traditional institutional religions.
PERS202
Intermediate Persian II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: PERS201; or Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian.
Further development of speaking, writing, listening and cultural knowledge, with special focus on culture.
PERS251
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS
Cross-listed with: HIST219X.
Credit only granted for: PERS251 or HIST219X.
General sociopolitical introduction to modern Iran from establishment of the Qajar dynasty in the late 18th century to the present day. Taught in English.
Cross-listed with HIST219X. Credit granted for PERS251 or HIST219X.
PERS298T
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Street, Stage, and Digital Space in Persian Theatre and Performance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listing with THET228A. Credit only granted for PERS298T or THET228A.

In this course, we explore the history, context, content, and form of Persian performing arts as they are shared and circulated on multiple platforms (street, print, stage, and digital space). Through reading plays, watching videos, and visiting social media platforms, and writing about them, we examine how theatre and performance in Iran and Afghanistan empower people to perform and play with their identity, sexuality, and religion.
PERS302
Advanced Persian II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PERS301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian.
Further development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural knowledge, with special focus on reading, in a variety of literary genres.
PERS312
Contemporary Iranian Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PERS301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not be native/fluent speaker of Persian.
Study of the culture of contemporary Iran (post-evolution) with focus on the contemporary social, political, literary and artistic life in Iran. Taught in Persian.
PERS386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Pre-professional experience in research, analysis and writing in a work setting. Project proposal approved by faculty and internship sponsor.
PERS398E
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Gender and Storytelling in Iranian Film and Theater
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Human beings have told stories from the dawn of civilization. This course explores the power, place, and practice of storytelling in relation to the gender and gender-bending of the narrator, narrated, and reader. We will look at the way storytelling practice has been used for performing, reforming, and transforming gender in a variety of narratives (lyrical forms, memoirs, films, and performances).

Cross-listed with CINE329P. Credit granted for PERS398E or CINE329P.
PERS399
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Persian
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PERS498A
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Advanced Literacy Skills in Persian
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Taught in Persian.
PERS498D
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Political, Economic, and Social Thought in Today's Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Taught in Persian.
PERS498E
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Translation of Contemporary Persian Texts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Taught in Persian.
PERS498G
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Masterpieces of Modern Persian Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The genesis of Iran s first generation of Modern writers was one of the main consequences of Iran s Constitutional Revolution (1905-1907), and the effect of publication of numerous newspapers and journals. Being acquainted with modern literary techniques, modern approaches and attitudes in prose and poetry created a fertile ground for flourishing of the most notable writers and poets with social and political concernsin Iran. The Course will cast a light on some of the most renowned Persian contemporary writers and poets. The assessment of the works, careers andstyles of several writers and poets in modern Persian literature is the main objective of this class. Also, it aims to develop student's abilities to research and present oral and written works effectively andimprove their analytical skills and interactive capacities.
PERS498J
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Masterpieces of 20th Century Persian Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will cast light on Persian literature in the period of transformation from the classical to the modern period in Iran before and after constitutional revolution (1905-1907). The formation of a constitutional monarchy and the emergence of a parliamentary political system, the arrival of the printing press and the growing popularity of journals and newspapers as well as increasing levels of translation of historical and literary texts from other languages were some of the mainfactors that led to the public awakening and development of Iran's first generation of modern poets and writers. This course focuses on the key figures and their works in different literary genres for the period from the 19th through the 20th centuries. Taught in Persian.
PERS498P
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Persian Studies; Performing Arts Of Iran
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Through a multimedia study of Iranian performing and digital arts in their context, this course will allow students to read a variety of Persian texts about film, theater, and digital performances, and participate in class discussions, watch performances, engage in role-plays, and provide creative responses with the goal of developing superior level proficiency in Persian. Taught in Persian.
PERS498W
Special Topics in Persian Studies; The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamic Cultures through Computational Textual Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST429G and SLLC499I. Credit granted for PERS498W, HIST429G, or SLLC499I.

An introduction to the use of computational methods for the study of Islamic cultures and societies.