Academic Year 2016 – 2017
Introduction to Contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf:
Literature, Visual Material, Media and Communication Resources
First Semester Level 1, 68733 - INTL 4020 - 0/ 68734 - INTL 5020 - 0 | 3 Credits
Second Semester Level 2, INTL 4020/5020 | 3 Credits
This module is intended as an in-depth look at the language, civilization, and cultural and social processes of change in contemporary Iran, from the inception of the Iranian Revolution in 1978 to the present day. Persian literature will be the primary language of students in this module, which includes 36 hours in class with a complementary Persian calligraphy course (16 hours). The rest of the module (weekly seminar, Persian tea break, and documentary film) will look at the different socio-cultural aspects, the artistic and visual developments, gender relations, and particularly the geopolitical changes engendered by the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. While following a broad chronological perspective, students will be encouraged to engage with the Persian Language, Visual Material, Media and Communication Resources as well as the more general interdisciplinary questions that this course aims to call attention to.
BY THE END OF THE COURSE, STUDENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HAVE MET THE FOLLOWING LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Understand what Persian Language, Visual Material and Media and Communication Resources have to offer to the study of contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf, its societies and cultures.
Be able to use their basic knowledge of the Persian language, History and Civilization, and Visual Material and Media Studies to develop a greater understanding of contemporary Iran.