MES4230 – Topics in Persian Studies I

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Topic spring 2021: Problems in Poetic Translation: Theory, Practice, Craft

This course focuses on central topics in Persian language and society. The topics are related to past or ongoing research in the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, such as; Persian literature; intellectual history; political Islam; and the language and content of Iranian media.

Examples of courses that have been given in MES4230:

Learning outcome

The course is based on reading, analysis, and discussion of selected texts in Persian and secondary literature in English. Training in methodology, team work, essay writing, and oral presentation is an integral part of the course.

Participants will learn to read both primary and secondary texts extensively, and to use the texts in academic analysis. They will learn to discuss, produce, and present academic knowledge in oral and written forms.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Please see the admission requirements defined by the programme option Middle East Studies.

The teaching presupposes intermediate to upper intermediate competence in Persian.

Recommended previous knowledge

MES4110 – Readings of Middle Eastern Texts


Spring 2021: Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

A detailed plan for the semester will show which activities will be digital.

There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching in the spring of 2021, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.

The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars organised as 10 classes of 2 hrs each throughout the semester. The course presupposes active participation.


Compulsory activities

  • At least one presentation on an assigned reading (the number of presentations per student will be determined by enrollment)
  • A one- to two-page project proposal to be submitted on Canvas
  • Presentation of the research project at the end of the semester

Compulsory tuition activities such as presentations and submission of assignments must be completed and submitted within the given deadlines, and approved by the teacher in order for you to sit the exam. Approved tuition activities are only valid for the current semester.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance 


The exam in MES4230 is a term paper . Students will translate a poetic text of their own choosing (“poetic” can be defined any number of ways) either from or into Persian and any other language. In addition to the translation itself, students will write a critical introduction to their work in English.

The term paper should be between 8-10 pages, not counting front page and references.

Compulsory tutition activities must be completed and approved in order for you to sit exam.

Grading guidelines spring 2019

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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