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PR3021 Modern Iran through Cinema

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module introduces students to the study of cinema as a mode of representation of social history by offering a social overview of cinema in Iran since the 1960s. Looking at films as a mirror reflecting the society, this module will offer a chronological history of Iranian cinema while also addressing changes in Iranian society. Students will be given a reading list to complement the lectures, the contents of which will provide a basis for seminar discussions. There will be one film screening per week accompanying the lectures and students will be encouraged to develop their own critical approach through seminars and discussions. No knowledge of Persian is required for this module, but students with a knowledge of Persian will be given access to Persian language material where appropriate.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Persian

UG Pre-requisite(s):Honours entry into Persian, or otherwise with the permission of the Head of School

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar plus surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 128

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M Ghorbankarimi
Module teaching staff:Dr M Ghorbankarimi