BA Persian and ...

Duration: 4 years

Entry Requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge is required. A foreign language at A-level or equivalent is preferred but not essential.

Subjects Preferred: A-level or equivalent in a foreign language is preferred

Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview

Start of programme: September

At SOAS the study of Persian can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. All combined-honours degrees in Persian expose students to at least three years' intensive study of Persian language.

Since its foundation Persian and Iranian studies have been a mainstay of the academic profile of SOAS. As a major center of Middle Eastern Studies in the UK, SOAS provides an ideal and unique environment for the study of not only the official languages of Iran but many disciplines that together provide the students with a comprehensive overview of the country and its neighbors.

The four-year two subject honors degree in Persian and Another Subject at SOAS offers the students the opportunity to achieve an advanced level of linguistic competence in Persian in combination with a selection of other disciplines or languages listed above.

Furthermore, the introduction of the year abroad in Iran will enable the students to become fluent in the formal and learned as well as the modern Persian vernacular, while experiencing the culture and traditions of one of the most vibrant and significant countries of the middle east. The presence of expertise in Iranian studies related disciplines at almost every other academic department at SOAS, as well as an active Centre for Iranian Studies further enhances this programme.

Combinations

May be combined with

  • Arabic+, T621 BA/PA
  • Development Studies, LTY6 BA/PDVS
  • Economics, LTD6 BA/PEC
  • English
  • French+*,
  • Geography**, LTT6 BA/PGE
  • Georgian, TTQ9 BA/PGN
  • History, TVQ1 BA/PH
  • History of Art/Archaeology, VT36 BA/HAAP
  • International Relations, LT2Q BA/IRP
  • Law, MTD6 BA/PLW
  • Linguistics, QTD6 BA/LGP
  • Music, TWQ3 BA/PMS
  • Politics, LTG6 BA/POLP
  • Social Anthropology, LTQ6 BA/SAP
  • Study of Religions, TVP6 BA/SRP
  • Turkish+, T661 BA/TUP
  • World Philosophies

+ Compulsory Year Abroad is split between 2 countries

* Taught at University College, London (Apply to UCL only)

** Taught at King's College, London

Structure

BA Persian and Another Subject is a 4-year degree that gives students the opportunity to study the language of Iran and a wider Persian speaking world from ab initio to advanced levels in four years and to learn about the literary traditions of the Persianate sphere of influence, in parallel with learning either another language, such as Arabic or Turkish, or a discipline that will give them a broader context of, for example, the History of Art and Archaeology, Religions and Philosophies, History, Politics, Music, Law, Economics and Anthropology of the region.

The programme structure varies depending on whether Persian is combined with another language or a discipline.

When combined with a discipline, students take an equal number of modules in both named subjects, i.e. Year 1 students begin with the module for the intensive study of modern Persian language (known to native, Iranian speakers as Farsi), while taking two other modules in their second subject.

Year 2 will be spent in Iran under the Compulsory Year Abroad Programme, currently in partnership with Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, where students will continue to study Persian intensively, as well as taking advantage of the many comparative works of literature and art history modules available to them.

In Year 3, back at SOAS, students will continue with the study of advanced Persian language and will take a literature module in addition to two modules in their other subject.

In Year 4 students will consolidate their Persian proficiency by taking the Translation into and From Persian module and a further three modules from a list of options related to Persian or Iranian studies, or to their second subject.

Year 1

Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

  • Intensive Persian Language 155901242 (60 credits) Full Year

Other Subject

60 credits are taken in the second subject.

Year 2

Language Year Abroad in Iran (Compulsory)

Students will spend their Year Abroad at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad.

Year 3

Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

  • Advanced Persian Language 155900802 (30 credits) Full Year

Compulsory Module

  • Classical Persian Poetry 155901372 (30 credits) Full Year

OR

  • Classical Persian Prose Texts 155900334 (30 credits) Full Year

Other Subject

60 credits are taken in the second subject.

Year 4

Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Optional Modules

Choose one of the following modules:

  • Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Persian Prose Literature 155900336 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Persian Poetry 155901379 (30 credits) Full Year

OR

Module(s) to the value of 30 credits at an approved level from List B or C, or an approved open option.

Other Subject

30 credits are taken in the second subject

AND

A further module from the second subject or an approved open option.

List A: List of Persian-language modules

  • Intensive Persian Language 155901242 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Persian Language 155900802 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Classical Persian Poetry 155901372 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Persian Poetry 155901379 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Classical Persian Prose Texts 155900334 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Persian Prose Literature 155900336 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 155901053 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 (30 credits) Full Year

List B: Approved options in the NME department

Please note that some of these modules will be subject to prerequisites and availability. Always check with the programme convenor.

  • Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Sufism 155901375 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Islamic Intellectual Tradition 155901338 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 (15credits) Term 1
  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2 155905001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Middle Persian 158000183
  • Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 100 155901202 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 200 155901203 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 300 155901204 (30 credits) Full Year

List C: Other Persian and Middle East-related modules

These are taught by the Departments of History, Study of Religions, Art and Archaeology, Music, Law, Politics and International Studies, and Economics. Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

  • H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 (30 credits) Full Year
  • H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 (30 credits) Full Year
  • H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 (30 credits) Full Year
  • H247 Medieval Iran: Nomads, Settlers, and Dynasts 154800222 (30 credits) Full Year
  • H434 The Mongols and the Islamic World (II) 154800291 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Islam: Foundations 158000189 (15credits) Term 1
  • Zoroastrianism: Foundation 158000187 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Mysticism in the Great Traditions 158000022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 (15credits) Term 2
  • Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • House and Tomb in the Muslim World 154900186 (15credits) Term 1
  • Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 (15credits) Term 2
  • Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Islamic Law 155200037 (30 credits) Full Year
  • International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Economic development of the modern Middle East153400031(30 credits)Full Year

Year abroad

SOAS Persian Language Year Abroad

Year 2 will be spent in Iran under the Compulsory Year Abroad Programme, currently in partnership with Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, where students will continue to study Persian intensively, as well as taking advantage of the many comparative works of literature and art history modules available to them.

Program taught in:
English

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Last updated January 22, 2019
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