Ancient Near Eastern Language: Syriac

Subject ANCW20018 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Feb-2015 to 19-Feb-2015
Assessment Period End 27-Feb-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Feb-2015
Census Date 13-Feb-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 20-Feb-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject will be taught intensively Monday to Thursday 8:45am-12:45pm over 3 weeks: 2 - 19 February with and exam on 27 February 2015
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Nicholas Al-Jeloo



Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to the grammar and reading of Syriac. It covers grammatical concepts and paradigms, sentence formation and translation and reading simple texts. Background information on the cultural context in which Syriac was spoken is woven into the subject matter. The aim is for students to acquire the elements of the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Syriac, and attain reading skills sufficient to begin reading literary and dramatic texts

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • be familiar with the elements of the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Syriac and have attained reading skills sufficient to begin reading simpler literary texts
  • have discovered the importance of reading ancient texts in the original languages for the study of history and the ancient world in general.

Assessment exercises totalling 2000 words due during the Summer semester 50% a 2000 word examination due at the end of the Summer semester 50%.

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

The lecturer will advise students of the required texts closer to the commencement of teaching.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • be skilled in critical thinking and analysis.
  • possess effective written communication skills.
  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Related Breadth Track(s): Ancient Egypt and the Near East

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