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MO4853   Under a Bright Red Star: Iranian Marxism in the 20th Century

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: See

This special course will provide an overview on the evolution of Marxist thought and practice in Iran, from the late 19th century to the end of the 20th century. It will critically examine the feasibility of applying a Marxian framework to the Iranian case, and analyse how successive generations of Iranian Marxists sought to propose radical socio-political transformations based on their intellectual role-model. The course will focus on both proponents of a political pathway for achieving a transformation of society and those groups and individuals which sought on the other hand a violent overthrow of the existing state order.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar (x 22 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 88

Guided independent study hours: 506

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 50%, 3-hour Written Examination = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 30%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 70%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr S Randjbar-Daemi
Module teaching staff: Dr S Randjbar-Daemi