Postgraduate Module Descriptor


ARAM211: The Revolution of 1978/79, the Islamic Republic and the Politics of Contemporary Iran

This module descriptor refers to the 2015/6 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Week 1: Introduction to the module and background
Week 2: The White revolution and the oil boom
Week 3: Shariati and politics without politics
Week 4: 1977/78; slump, hesitation, loss of authority
Week 5: 1979: The Shah goes, Khomeini returns; the nature of power
Week 6: Islamic supremacy (to September 1980)
Week 7: The Iran/Iraq War; causes and effects
Week 8: Rafsanjani and reconstruction (1989-1997)
Week 9: Khatami and reform (1997-2005)
Week 10: Ahmadinejad and reaction (2005-2009)
Week 11: The elections of June 2009, the Green movement and the future

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
22 128 0

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22 11 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study90Essays
Guided independent study38Reading in preparation for classes and preparing presentations

Online Resources

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