Fall 2020 - IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN ENJOYABLE, INSIGHTFUL "EASY" GE, TAKE THIS COURSE. This class is by far my favorite course in the humanities I've taken at UCLA. I'm so happy I took it. The content was SO interesting and the course was really laid back which is what I needed during this stressful remote quarter. Professor Ingenito is a brilliant professor who really cares about his students and it shows. He's so nice and approachable and he's insanely knowledgeable about the topics in the course, but what mattered to me was that he was able to breakdown complex concepts and gave us the foundation to analyze the works in the class. The first few weeks were like a crash course into sex, gender, and sexuality and a great intro into gender studies if that interests you. Getting the basics down made understanding the context of the texts on Persian love poetry and mysticism so much easier to understand. I feel like this course just generally made me a more informed, well-read human being. Note: you definitely do NOT need to be Persian to take the class. Most people weren't Persian and didn't speak it, it's all in English. It was so cool seeing all types of people enjoy Persian literature. The class was a laid back seminar style where we could freely ask questions when needed, and read through poems that we would then further analyze and tie together with important lecture/reading topics. WORKLOAD: Really manageable and if you put in effort and show interest, you will get an A. This class consisted of weekly reports that were ~200 words where you analyzed the texts/made connections to lecture topics. Easy points and great way to master the topics without much stress. Midterm + Final were both essays with broad topics that allowed you to pick what you were interested in from the course materials covered and use the readings to write about pretty much whatever you were intrigued by. If you're interested in gender studies, human sexuality outside the Western context, poetry from Sufis like Rumi and Hafez, or even just into art and literature as a whole, TAKE THIS CLASS!
Fall 2018 - Submit a very simple weekly paragraph, take detailed notes during lectures, connect the poets and their unique writings to one another in your papers, understand the material and you will be fine. Very helpful at office hours and not a tough grader, would recommend for units compared to other classes
Winter 2019 - I took Iranian 103A and 103B with Professor Ingenito. He is probably one of the most knowledgeable professors in the department. He is extremely lenient and caring. He always encourage students to come to his office hours. For lectures, he goes over meaning, grammar of the poems. There are some weekly reports which are easy. The class consisted of two exams which is translation of poem to English or modern Persian and it was from poems that we had gone over in the class. You don't need textbook for this class. I recommend taking his class. He is one of my favorite professor at UCLA.