Course Description

AZLL 101: Azerbaijani Language (University Requirement) (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: High School Azerbaijani language

This course prepares students for analyzing academic texts and technical material in Azerbaijani. Advanced skills in academic and creative writing and reading comprehension are honed using academic literature across various disciplines. The topics cover culture, environment, customs and traditions, history, economics, etc.

AZLL 102.  Introduction to Writing (6 ECTS credit)

Prerequisite AZLL 101.

Writing Strategy. Planning and organizing source material for writing, revising, editing and proofreading. Summaries, critiques and syntheses of texts. Essay and creative writing. Academic and Business writing. Prose style.  

AZLL 103: Azerbaijani Language for Foreigners (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

The main emphasis is the communicative role of four skills – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. These skills are taught within the frame of topics such as greetings, making acquaintances, congratulations and thankfulness, (dis) approvals, requests, demands, introductions, apologizing, condolences, praying, etc.

AZLL 104: Advanced Azerbaijani Language (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: AZLL 101

More complex in nature, this course covers the following problematic areas of the Azerbaijani language. Semantic structure, meaning its narrowing and broadening; semantic groupings in Azerbaijani language. Grammar, basic divisions and relations within them; grammatical categories. Syntax, the types of phrases and the sentences; text linguistics and its problematic issues; syntax of poetry; punctuation marks and their functions. 

AZLL 105: Azerbaijani Literature (University Requirement) (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: AZLL 101

The course covers study of the Azerbaijani literature from Ancient to contemporary times through historical periods. The life and works of prominent Azerbaijani poets and writers, as well as their literary works are studied. The course also covers brief information about the history and theory of literature, main goals and objectives of literary critics, etc. Central to the coursework is the study and discussion of selected works of prominent figures in Azerbaijani literature.

AZLL 106: Modern Azerbaijani Language 1 (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: NONE

This course discusses the sound system, phonetic phenomenon and rules of Azerbaijan literary language. It explains pronunciation norms, formation and type of writing, peculiarities of alphabet, vocabulary structure and its richness, features and the ways of development. Information is given about principles used in the orthography of Azerbaijani. The characteristic meaning of words, types of proper names, and their origin and usage in Azerbaijani literary language are elucidated in this course. It also gives information about the dictionary and its various types, rules of dictionary compilation, and ways of word-building in the literary language.

AZLL 107-307: History of Azerbaijani Literature 1-5

The course covers the emergence and evolution of the Azerbaijani literature from the times of early folklore literature up to the present in chronological order and through the stages of its development. The life and works of individual writers and poets who lived in different periods are studied, their literary activities are explored, national and global issued on which they focused are analyzed, the literary influences of a writer/poet on others are determined, and their creative activities are systemized in line with the historical period they lived. Central to the coursework is the study of selected pieces of literary work by the students and discussions on these works. The course is divided into the following 5 parts – each part lasts one semester and consists of 6 credits:

AZLL 107: History of Azerbaijani Literature 1:

 Azerbaijani Folklore

Prerequisite: NONE

AZLL 109: History of Azerbaijani Literature 2:

Ancient and Medieval Literature 

Prerequisite: AZLL 107

AZLL 207: History of Azerbaijani Literature 3:

Azerbaijani Literature from 17th to mid-19th centuries 

Prerequisite: AZLL 109

AZLL 208: History of Azerbaijani Literature 4:

Azerbaijani Literature from mid-19th to early 20th centuries

Prerequisite: AZLL 207

AZLL 307: History of Azerbaijani Literature 5:

20th century Azerbaijani Literature 

Prerequisite: AZLL 208

AZLL 108: Modern Azerbaijani Language 2 – Morphology (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: AZLL 106

All important practical problems concerning morphology are covered in the teaching of this subject. This curriculum analyzes the modern Azerbaijani grammatical system, its originality and other features. The words are grouped according to their meaning, form, function and rules of modification.

AZLL 205: Advanced Azerbaijani Literature (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: AZLL 105

This course aims at giving optimal knowledge on advanced Azerbaijani Literature. It covers the latest Azerbaijani Literature, development of journalistic genres, searches for new forms and contents in literature. The course also includes written and oral compositions on the bases of classic and modern literary extracts.

AZLL 206: Modern Azerbaijani Language 3 – Syntax (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: AZLL 108

It explains teaching of word combinations, syntactic relations, sentences, and their structural types. It also deals with punctuation marks and their proper use.

AZLL 306: History of Azerbaijani Literary Language (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: AZLL 206

This course explores the main sources of Azerbaijani language history and its origin, the rise of literary language, and problems extant in development periods. It also surveys the historical and cultural conditions of the different periods. The role of outstanding personalities related to the developmental history of Azerbaijan literary language is given in chronological order.

AZLL 416: Fundamentals of Literary Critics (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Fundamentals of Literary Critics as a subject is composed of three parts: Theory of Literature, History of Literature, and Literary Critique. This course mainly deals with issues covered in the Theory of Literature. Features of literary works and principles of reflecting real-life events, as well as the social importance and role of literary works are studied. The course also covers such topics as principles of literary creativity and rules of their development, unity of content and form, characteristics of different types and genres, structures of literary works, styles and methods, etc.

AZLL 417: The Environment of Eastern Languages and Azerbaijani Literature (8 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

The main objective of this course is to study role of Arabic and Persian rules of writing and literature in the formation of Azerbaijani rules of writing and literature.

AZLL 512: Azerbaijani Dialectology (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Dialectology (dialects) and accents are constructed in this section of linguistics. This course explains the phonetic, lexical, morphological and syntactical properties of dialects and accents. It also provides an extensive classification of Azerbaijani dialects and accents on the principles of geographical territory and investigates the theoretical issues of dialectology.

AZLL 513: Onomastics (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

The types of special names in language, their origin and use are elucidated in the course. It gives information about scientific classification and descriptions of all kinds of onomastic units.

AZLL 514: Textual Criticism (36 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Complex investigation of the historical roots and development of ways of textual criticism as a science, as well as modern textual criticism, its methods and principles are pursued in this course. The emergence and development of Azerbaijani textual criticism, Azerbaijani Middle Age manuscript books and booklets, scientific analyses of the manuscript text copies, exploration of text origins, attribution of the text (the determination of the author), research of text translations, text preparation for publications and etc. are comprehensively enlightened.

AZLL 515: Azerbaijani Historical Grammar (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

This course provides general information about historical grammar, discusses the developmental processes of separate parts of speech, investigates historical Azerbaijani phonetics and morphology, analyses the origin of the language and historical development of its morphological features, and explains and elucidates the establishment of the modern language.   ­   ­

LING 215: Introduction to Linguistics (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

This course gives basic knowledge of the historical background, formation, common features and diversities of the languages and language families. The course focuses primarily on the methods and techniques of linguistic analyses, including meaning, evaluation and changes of regional and social dialects. It discusses development of linguistic quality assessment models from the historical and theoretical angles. 

LING 216: Fundamentals of Linguistics (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

This course explores general problems in the study of linguistics. It illustrates the origin and development of linguistics, the world languages and their classifications. It interprets the relations between language and its writing, origin of writing, its peculiarities and periods of development.

LING 310: Phonology (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: LING 216

It teaches the speech sounds and prosodic events (height, length, and strength of tone) as a meaning distinguishing device (phoneme) of words, morphemes and a system of phonemes of the language, and investigates their functional features. 

LING 420: Languages of the World (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: LING 215

Survey of language families of the world: classifying languages genetically and typologically; historical relations among languages.


LING 421: Sociolinguistics (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: LING 215

Social determinants of linguistic diversity, variability, and change; linguistic behavior and social control; methods of community-based linguistics research.

LING 422: Linguistic Analysis (8 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: LING 215

Techniques for analyzing phonological, morphological, and syntactic data from a variety of languages; discovering, stating and justifying generalizations; comparison of diverse languages.

LING 423: History of Linguistics (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: LING 215

Origins and history of the development of linguistics, various theories of the development of linguistics.  ­

LIT 201: World Children Literature (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: AZLL 105

Provides knowledge and skill in critical analysis of the purposes and strategies for teaching and evaluation of children’s literature. Survey of literature for children from early childhood through junior high school. 

LIT 305-405: World Literature 1-3

This course covers study of pieces of literature created in different countries of the world beginning from ancient times. The lives and activities of leading figures in world literature and their most famous literary works are studied in chronological order. The course is composed of three parts. Each part lasts one semester and has a value of 3 credits:

LIT 305: World Literature 1: Ancient and Medieval Eastern Literature; History of Antique Literature

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

LIT 308: World Literature 2: European Literature during 13th-18th centuries

Prerequisite: LIT 305

LIT 405: World Literature 3: European, American, and Russian Literature during 19th-20th centuries

Prerequisite: LIT 308 

LIT 505: Modern Literary Process (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

The main objective of this course is to understand development trends in literature based on the analysis of literary works of recent years. The course also covers issues like loyalty to literary traditions and relations between older and newer literary forces, reviews various pieces written in different genres, and integration of Azerbaijani literature to world literature.

LIT 507: Literary Critique (History and Theory) (6 ECTS credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

This course studies the importance of literature from the perspective of society: harmony between social life and literature is evaluated, and literary works are analyzed in terms of society’s interests and demands. Literary critique contributes to enhancing the quality of literary works and to the evaluation of literature. It also helps the readers in understanding literary works correctly.

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