Syllabus for Specialisation in Semitic Texts

Fördjupning i semitiska texter

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5AA915
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Semitic Languages A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2015-11-06
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-03-12
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree with Semitic Languages or a specific Semitic language as the main field of study.

  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as an independent course.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, in order to earn a Pass, the student should at least be able to:

* translate selected texts in a methodically aware manner;

* interpret the selected texts within their historical and literary context;

* linguistically analyse the selected texts taking into account modern linguistic methods;

* describe phonological, morphological and syntactic features in comparison with other semitic languages;

* using linguistic terminology, account for the linguistic and stylistic characteristics of the texts.


The course involves reading texts from the Semitic-speaking region, in one or more Semitic languages ​​or language variants. Based on materials chosen in consultation with the Examiner, phonological, morphological, syntactic and stylistic traits are examined from a comparative Semitic perspective.


Teaching takes the form of seminars or supervision, depending on the number of students.


Examinatory home assignments with analysis of the selected material.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

The course may not be included in a degree if equivalent parts have been read within another course included in the degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Huehnergard, John; Pat-El, Na'ama The Semitic languages

    Second edition.: Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, [2019]

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions