This unit introduces students to the Syriac language as a basis for enhanced study of patristic literature preserved in Syriac, Peshitta (the standard Biblical text in Syriac) and for future study of the Syriac language. The primary focus of this unit is foundational Syriac vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Translation of selected biblical texts into English is an important component of this unit. The focus will be on consonant vocalized text written in Estrangelo and Serto scripts and transliterations will be avoided.

Unit Code: AL8700A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate knowledge of basic Syriac vocabulary


Identify the fundamentals of Syriac grammar and syntax


Translate basic Syriac texts using lexicographical aids


Form basic sentences in Syriac


Lectures, classroom discussion, guided reading from set texts, additional reading resources and notes


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Written Assessment Task – Weekly exercises 3000 words equiv

3000 50.0
Written Examination

Written Assessment Task – Translation and Grammar analysis 1000 words equiv

1000 20.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 1 hour

0 15.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 1 hour

0 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 14:58:27 +1100