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

Summer 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
GAR 0.128
Shavesteh, Farkondeh

Course Description

This course will examine representations of modern Iran, particularly in internationally acclaimed Iranian films. After completing this course students will have been exposed to many aspects of pre and post revolutionary Iran including the dramatically varied geographic, cultural, and ethnic regions of Iran, the history of American involvement in Iran and the roots of the Islamic Revolution, sexual politics and gender issues in Iran and the Islamic Republic, and artistic traditions and artistic expression under Islamic law. Course sessions will involve discussion of salient aspects of Iranian society in conjunction with film and other media that examine those aspects. Course participation will be a principal component of grading in combination with short weekly writing assignments and a final exam.

Grading Policy

Class attendance, participation, and discussion: 40% Weekly short papers: 40% Final exam: 20%


Tapper, Richard, Ed. The New Iranian Cinema: Politics, Representation and Identity. New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2002. Semati, Mehdi, Ed. Media, Culture and Society in Iran: Living with Globalization and the Islamic State, New York: Routledge, 2008. Abrahamian, Ervand. A History of Modern Iran, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Ansari, Ali. Modern Iran since 1921: the Pahlavis and after. Harlow: Longman, 2003.


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