Undergraduate Module Descriptor


ARA1021: Introduction to Persian History and Culture

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Week 1. Introductory – Overview of Iranian History

Week 2. Pre-IslamicIran

Week 3. The Coming of Islam

Week 4. Iranian local dynasties, Turks and Mongols, and the emergence of New Persian literature

Week 5. The Safavids - literature and history

Week 6. The Fall of the Safavids, Nader Shah and the 18th century Interregnum

Week 7. The Qajars and the Constitutional Revolution

Week 8. The Pahlavis

Week 9. Literature and politics in 20th centuryIran

Week 10. The Revolution of 1979

Week 11. Iran since the Revolution

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
22128

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

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22The module will consist of lectures and regular class discussions of assigned reading with a view to monitoring the assimilation of material
Guided Independent study55Students will need to spend time researching in the library while reading the required text
Guided Independent study20Students will need to spend time in the library researching on their term paper
Guided Independent study53Private Study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

 ELE – http://ele.exeter.ac.uk/