Persian @ USC

PERSIAN @ USC

Our Mission:
Persian is a major language in the Middle East and the Islamic world. It is the official language of Iran and Tajikistan and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. With nearly 100 million native speakers around the world, Persian is a language of poetry, philosophy, sciences, literature and Iranian culture.

Thanks to generous support from the Farhang Foundation’s Iranian Studies Initiative, USC Dornsife began offering Persian language courses in Fall 2011.

At present, all levels of Persian, from elementary to advanced, are taught under USC Middle East Studies Program.

Courses:
Persian I (MDES 120) teaches basic language skills such as reading and writing and helps develop basic speaking proficiency quickly.
Persian II (MDES 150) continues Persian I and advances basic language skills.
Persian III (MDES 220) is an intermediate level course which builds on the skills developed in Persian II.
Persian IV (MDES 250) is a high intermediate level course which counts towards the minor in Iranian Studies.
Advanced Persian I (MDES 320) and Advanced Persian II (MDES 350) develop advanced proficiency in Persian language and culture and count towards the minor in Iranian Studies.

Through our Program:
– Immerse yourself in Persian language & culture
– Experience dynamic & proficiency-based learning using modern technology and interactive online assignments.
– Enjoy easy-to-manage course work and syllabi
– Fulfill your foreign language requirement
– Complete coursework toward a minor in Iranian Studies or Middle East Studies by selecting upper level courses (Persian-IV, Advanced Persian-I & II)
– Take a placement exam to enter beyond the Persian I level if eligible (through the Dornsife Language Center).
– Have access to critical language scholarships and language abroad programs

Our Teaching Philosophy:
The main goal of the program is to develop communicative proficiency and language skills in Persian. The Persian language program at USC utilizes the latest communicative & tasked-based teaching methodologies. Based on this approach, the language learners are immersed in the target language from the very beginning and learn the same language tasks that native-speakers of Persian use in their real life.

Fall 2014 Course Offerings:
Persian-I (MDES 120), M-Th, 11-11:50, THH 107
Persian-II (MDES 150), M-Th, 10-10:50, WPH 400
Persian-III (MDES 220), M-Th, 12-12:50, THH 107
Advanced Persian-I (MDES 320), M-Th, 9-9:50, VKC 103

Spring 2015 Course Offerings:
Persian-II (MDES 150) M-Th, 12-12:50, THH 107
Persian-III (MDES 220) M-Th, 10-10:50, THH 109
Persian-IV (MDES 250) M-Th, 11-11:50, THH 111
Advanced Persian-II (MDES 350), M-Th, 9-9:50, THH 109

Middle East Studies Program
Persian Language
University of Southern California
3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 449
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352
Phone: 213-740-2310
Fax: 213-740-9354
Email: nojoumia@usc.edu
http://dornsife.usc.edu/persian

MDA 325, Case Studies in Modern Leadership

MDA 325, Case Studies in Modern Leadership
Offered Spring 2015 and co-taught by Professor Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, and Professor Steve Lamy, USC Dornsife Vice Dean for Academic Programs

USC students have a special opportunity this spring to study with a world leader, together with one of USC’s most highly rated professors, in an intensive study of international politics and economics.  MDA 325, Case Studies in Modern Leadership (section 42295), is a special two-unit course open to all undergraduate students.  The class will meet from Tuesday, April 7th to Thursday, April 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and once at the beginning of the spring semester.  Some of the topics planned to be discussed include the world financial crisis of 2008, climate change and the summit of 2009, global growth and the role of the U.S., the role of the United Nations in regards to poverty, education and disease, and an analysis of what the world may look like in 2025.

History Department Open House

Thinking about becoming a History Major or Minor? Interested in taking a History class? Just curious about History? Join fellow students and faculty to chat about History and enjoy light refreshments at our Open House Event!

Date: Tuesday, October 21st
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: SOS 250

Spring 2015 Course Descriptions will be available. Meet faculty to talk about their courses, research, and your shared interests in History.

 

Dornsife Washington, D.C. Program

USC Dornsife is offering students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study foreign policy as it’s being made, and to intern with their choice of NGO, think tank, or governmental agency – all while earning course credit. Classes will be offered in foreign policy, espionage and intelligence, and international security, with visits from policymakers to explain firsthand how the system works. For the cost of full-time enrollment at USC (scholarships apply!) and local living expenses, you will experience life in the heart of Washington, D.C., getting inside information from practicing policy experts and gaining valuable  work experience in the field of international affairs. Open to anyone interested in working in the policy world. Not limited to International Relations or Political Science majors!
Courses Offered:
IR 304: Espionage Intelligence
IR 305: Managing New Global Challenges (in 4-week modules)
IR 443: Formulation of U.S. Foreign Policy
IR 391: Directed Field Study (Internship)
Interested?
Contact  dornsifedc@usc.edu or attend one of our informational meetings:
Sept. 24th at 5:30 PM | Leavey Library Auditorium
Oct. 8th at 5:30 PM | VKC 300a

Religion Courses Fall 2014

REL 331: Religions of East Asia
What is religious about traditional Chinese medicine? Is the Japanese emperor divine? What does Shamanism have to do with student protest in Korea? This course tries to answer some of these questions. Students will be introduced to the basic worldviews, teachings, texts, and practices in the religions of China, Japan, and Korea.

REL 339: Studies in the History of Christianity
Martyrs. Theological Controversy. Heresy. Miracles. The second century had it all. The various Christianities of the second century were shaped by heated debates over everything to do with theology, ethics, and identity. Out of the second century come some of Christianity’s most familiar concepts and some of its most interesting lost possibilities. It was a time of new possibilities, experimentation, and debate around issues not all that dissimilar from those that find there way into our own political and theological debates. Christians in the second century debated piety, education, identity, ethnicity, politics, and even the interpretation of art and architecture. Come explore this fascinating and vibrant period of Christianity’s history. In this course we will read together the surviving texts of the second century and explore the complex engagements between Christians, Jews, Greeks, and the broader Roman Empire. No prerequisites required. All are welcome.

REL 364: Religion and Ethics
What counts as a good human life? What does it mean to be a human being? What is the difference between seeking justice and seeking righteousness before God? Our class will explore these fundamental questions by investigating some of the most fascinating authors in western religious thought. No prerequisites required. 

REL 462: Religion and Violence
How is it, we may ask, that religion, one of the most noble activities of the human race, has so often for hundreds of years – and still today – led people to commit horrendous acts? This course explores the timely issue of whether major world religions, especially Christianity, Judaism and Islam, actually lead people to commit acts of violence. Texts, videos, and scholars from different religions help the class explore in depth this complex and widely misunderstood phenomena.

Persian Courses Fall 2014

Interested in taking a Persian language course this fall semester? Take a look at this flyer below!

Please check http://dornsife.usc.edu/persian for more information.

 

Iranian Studies courses for Fall 2014

Interested in taking an Iranian course this upcoming semester? Check the following flyers out!