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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2008

MES 392 • ISRAEL'S POLITICAL CULTURE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42555 W
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
PAR 8A
ZILKHA, A

Course Description

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical developments in Modern Iran. Students will learn how Iranian society, culture, and politics have evolved throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course will also introduce students to many of the key debates in the field of Modern Iranian history. Students will read, analyze, and discuss selected titles from a list of the most influential scholarly books on Modern Iranian History. Readings in primary historical documents will also be required. Whenever possible, these will be in the original Persian language. However, for students who do not have sufficient Persian language skills, translations will be used. One of the goals of the course is to give students the necessary research and writing skills, along with the requisite knowledge of the field, to conduct meaningful research in the area of Modern Iranian History.

Grading Policy

Weekly reading assignments, a short paper, and a long research paper, and class participating, which will include class-room discussions, Literature reviews, group work, and presentations. Class participation 25% Analytical paper on one week's readings 10% Short paper (due in week nine) 25% Research paper (due on last class day) 40%

Texts

A course packet containing selected articles and texts will be assigned.

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