66995 - Armenian Language and Culture (2)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Anna Sirinian
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: L-OR/13
  • Language: Italian

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student will get a mid-level competence in Armenian civilisation and language. He will be able to critically discuss topics studied in the course with suitable and up to date bibliographic references.

Course contents

The course aims to strenghten the competence acquired by attending the course of Cultura e lingua armena 1 and to present the development of literary history up to the beginning of the 20th century. The student can choose whether to continue the study of the ancient language only (grabar) or alternate it with that of the first grammatical elements of the modern Armenian language (ašxarhabar), with which parallels and comparisons will in any case be established. Passages (in italian) from medieval and modern authors (from 11th to 20th century) will be read and discussed within their cultural context. Short passages in ancient and/or modern language will also be read and grammatically analyzed. Monographic topic: the collection of manuscripts of the Monastery of S. Lazzaro degli Armeni.

Attendance at the lessons is strongly recommended. Those students who cannot attend the course for exceptional reasons, are invited to contact the lecturer at least six months before the exam.

Starting date of the lessons: Wednesday 8 November 2023.


Bibliography for attending students:

1) A grammar of modern oriental Armenian, such as D. Sakayan, Eastern Armenian for the English-speaking world: a contrastive approach, Yerevan, State University press, 2007 (as for those matters studied during the lessons);

2) A. Ferrari - G. Traina, Storia degli armeni, Bologna, il Mulino, 2021;

3) R. Pane, La Chiesa Armena. Storia, spiritualità, istituzioni, Edizioni Studio Domenicano, Bologna 2011;

4) Texts in electronic format published on Virtuale.

Bibliography for non-attending students:

Non-attending students are requested to follow the instructions previously expressed. They will complement the study of the following volumes:

1) A. Ferrari - G. Traina, Storia degli armeni, Bologna, il Mulino, 2021

2) R. Pane, La Chiesa Armena. Storia, spiritualità, istituzioni, Edizioni Studio Domenicano, Bologna 2011

with materials related to the study of Armenian literature, language and grammar agreed with the lecturer.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, excercises of reading, analysing and translating short passages in Armenian language.

Assessment methods

Students who attend at least 75% of the lessons are considered to be attending.

The exam will take the form of an oral discussion. Students will be expected to refer to both the texts read and discussed during the lectures and the exam bibliography. A sample of Armenian writing (simple words, short sentences or grammatical elements) can be required.

Top marks will be awarded to a student displaying an ability to summarise, compare to each other and critically discuss topics raised in the course, including linguistic matters.

Average marks will be awarded to a student who has memorized the main points of the material and is able to summarise them satisfactorily, while failing to display a complete command of the appropriate terminology.

Training gaps and / or inappropriate language will lead to votes that will not exceed the sufficiency.

Training gaps, inappropriate language, lack of guidance within the materials offered during the course will lead to failed assessments.

Notice reserved for Master's degree students of the course 75678 - ARMENIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 1B (LM)

This 6 CFU course can be chosen as a part of the 12 CFU Integrated Course "Armenian Language and Literature I (C.I.) LM". If the student has the Integrated Course (12 CFU) in his/her study plan, the final grade will result from the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the two parts ("Armenian Language and Literature 1A (LM)" and "Armenian Language and Literature 1B (LM)").

Teaching tools

Use of the blackboard and power-point presentations.

Office hours

See the website of Anna Sirinian


Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.