Quarterly Approved Courses

Term:

Spring Quarter (S18)

Dept/Description Course No., Title  Instructor
HISTORY (S18)131B  ANCIENT PERSIAMOUSAVI, A

This survey course is designed to introduce students to the history of ancient Iran, from the earliest times to the Muslim conquest of Iran in the seventh century. In a chronological sequence, we will look at the history of Iran before the Iranians, the formidable Elamite civilization and the history of its rise, apogee, and decline; the emergence of Iranian speaking people on the Plateau, and the formation of ancient Iranian empires and their development and expansion throughout the late Sasanian period. For this purpose a selection of ancient Iranian texts will be studied in translation based on the relevant archaeological, historical, and geographical sources.
Days: MO WE  08:00-09:20 AM

HISTORY (S18)70E  MODERN MIDDLE EASTBERBERIAN, H.

The course explores the historical roots of the contemporary Middle East, covering the most important themes in the history of nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries Middle East within a global context. It will focus on several events -- the partition of the Middle East in the first world war, genocide, the Iranian Revolution to name a few -- that shook and changed the Modern Middle East. The aim is to explore larger concepts and contexts that have shaped Modern Middle Eastern history but to do so through the study of specific key episodes.
Days: MO WE  09:30-10:50 AM

Courses Offered by the Persian Studies Minor or other Schools at UCI

Spring Quarter (S18)

Dept Course No., Title   Instructor
PERSIAN (S18)1C  FUNDAMENTALSKIAN, S.

This course is designed for heritage speakers who wish to strengthen their speaking, reading and writing skills in Persian as well as for second language learners. In the foreign-language teaching field the term heritage speaker refers to a person who was exposed to a language at home or in a community and perhaps speaks it to some degree, but for whom English now is the dominant language. By the end of the first year second language learners will be expected to carry on a basic conversation in Persian, to compose spoken and written narratives in both the present and the past, and to make sense of a variety of Persian cultural icons and texts. Heritage speakers will be expected to carry their oral/verbal abilities into writing and to improve their reading comprehension and writing skills. The supplemental materials will provide the students with an enhanced understanding of the structure of the Persian language, e.g., basic word order, the interrogative sentence, narration in the past, negation...etc. As this structure becomes more solid, students will be able to realize when they are making a mistake and to make self-corrections. This course will provide a solid foundation upon which students will be able to build their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the Persian language and culture. The course will be taught in the standard Persian dialect spoken in Iran.
Days: MO WE  10:00-11:50 AM

PERSIAN (S18)2C  INTERMEDIATEKIAN, S.

The objectives for Intermediate Persian 2A, 2B, 2C are:
1. To solidify the comprehensive foundation of Persian grammar students have learned in
previous classes.
2. To expand the vocabulary, with emphasis on high-frequency words and expressions.
3. To master reading comprehension, including translation into English and Persian.
4. To write clearly and coherently on concrete topics related to everyday experience.
5. To enrich Persian conversation. Students will be asked to prepare short oral
presentations to be discussed in Persian by the class.
6. Students will develop their familiarity with Iran and with aspects of cultural differences
that emerge from our discussions of texts, social contexts, grammar and society.

This course is designed for heritage speakers who wish to strengthen their speaking, reading
and writing skills in Persian. In the foreign-language teaching field the term heritage speaker
refers to a person who was exposed to a language at home or in a community and perhaps
speaks it to some degree, but for whom English now is the dominant language.
Days: MO WE  01:00-02:50 PM

PERSIAN (S18)10A  LANG MENTOR PROGRAMCLAXTON, C.

The HLLP Persian Peer-to-Peer Language Mentor Program is designed both as a supplement to more formal language learning within the classroom and as a means for students not enrolled in language classes to maintain their language skills. Each language mentor will be paired with one to three mentees. Mentor and mentee(s) will meet for at least one hour each week and will engage in various activities conducted in Persian. These activities may include (but are not limited to) conversations in the target language; watching a film, television show, or news program in the target language; cooking a meal or snack that is typical of Persian culture; attending an appropriate cultural event, museum exhibition, or performance; producing a creative work (including dance) that is appropriate to Persian culture; listening to Persian music; going to an ethnic grocery store or restaurant, etc. All conversations revolving around these activities should be in Persian to the greatest degree possible. Weekly journal entries. One P/NP unit. Application required (see http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hllp/). Mentees will enroll in Persian 10B after acceptance into program. It is expected that the language skills of mentees will be less advanced than those of the mentor.

PERSIAN (S18)10B  LANG MENTOR PROGRAMCLAXTON, C.

The HLLP Persian Peer-to-Peer Language Mentor Program is designed both as a supplement to more formal language learning within the classroom and as a means for students not enrolled in language classes to maintain their language skills. Each language mentor will be paired with one to three mentees. Mentor and mentee(s) will meet for at least one hour each week and will engage in various activities conducted in Persian. These activities may include (but are not limited to) conversations in the target language; watching a film, television show, or news program in the target language; cooking a meal or snack that is typical of Persian culture; attending an appropriate cultural event, museum exhibition, or performance; producing a creative work (including dance) that is appropriate to Persian culture; listening to Persian music; going to an ethnic grocery store or restaurant, etc. All conversations revolving around these activities should be in Persian to the greatest degree possible. Weekly journal entries. One P/NP unit. Application required (see http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hllp/). Mentors are expected to have High-Intermediate to Advanced-level language skills (particularly oral language skills) in Persian. Mentors will enroll in Persian 10A after acceptance into program.

PERSIAN (S18)50  IRANIAM FILM & FICTKIAN, S.

Cinema is a powerful medium to engage us not only emotionally but also intellectually in the life of others.            

This course will examine a selection of modern works of Iranian prose fiction and their adaptations in film.  Iranian prose fiction, a relatively new art form in Iran, has developed into one of the most important literary genres of this century.  Iranian cinema, also a somewhat recent development, came of age in the 1960s and 1970s and Iranian film makers, particularly in the "new wave" films, have adapted the works of Iranian fiction writers in many of their films.  These films have, in turn, influenced the writing of Iranian fiction.  Furthermore, Iranian movie makers and fiction writers have shared many of the socio-political and cultural concerns that are important in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Iran. Our film viewing will be supplemented by appropriate texts to create a critical understanding of Iranian history and culture. All course materials, lectures, and discussions are in English.   This course may be used to satisfy the the general education requirements Humanities (IV) and International Issues (VIII).  This course is not the same as Persian 50 (Iranian Cinema) offered in Spring 2016.
Days: MO WE  03:30-04:50 PM