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MO4850   Britain and Iran in the Modern Era

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of the Honours Programme.

Planned timetable: See

This module will discuss and analyse the often intimate relationship between Iran and Britain in the modern period, focusing on the initial diplomatic contacts in the early 19th century when Britain sought an ally against Napoleon, to the apogee of British power and influence in Iran from the end of the 19th century until the nationalisation of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1951-53. The module will not only look at broader strategic aspects of the relationship, especially with growing British interests in India, but also analyse the growing economic relations between the two countries, as well as ideological and cultural developments, concluding with a discussion of the British conception of 'Persia'. English language documents will be used throughout the module.

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MO4957

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 x 3-hour Written Examinations = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 7%
Coursework: 33%

Re-assessment: New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,000 - 2,500 words) and 1 x 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof A M Ansari