Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3146: Iranian History, 1500 - the Present

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • The Rise of the Safavids 
  • Intellectual Movements in the Safavid Period 
  • The collapse of Safavid rule 
  • Nader Shah and civil war in 18th century Iran
  • The rise of the Qajars 
  • Religion and State in Qajar Iran 
  • The Constitutional Revolution 
  • The Rise of Reza Shah 
  • Muhammad Reza Shah's modernisation and the White Revolution 
  • The Islamic Revolutionary movement 
  • The Victory of Ayatallah Khomeini
  • 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

...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 2211 x 2 hour Seminars. Teaching sessions will include lecturing and class discussion focusing on individual presentations or on specific learning tasks;
Guided Independent learning 40Preparation for seminar presentation focused on a text or topic of relevance which may result in the assessed essay
Guided Independent learning 40Preparation for essay, including time spent in library and on other research; and
Guided Independent learning 48Additional private study and reading as preparation for class.

Online Resources

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

 ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/