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PR3023   Songs of Love and Revolution

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Tuesday 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

This module will be focused on the evolution of modern song in Iran between the 1890s and the present. Students will become familiar with the historical context and analyse the poetic, cultural and musical structures of 40 songs while being exposed to a variety of cultural theories which will enable them to analyse the impact of the songs on transforming or reflecting long established traditions or promoting or resisting dominant cultural and political discourses at the time they were first performed and in their later adaptations. They will also gain indirect knowledge of about 100 other songs, which can be used for comparative studies, and study historical and biographical accounts about the lives of their lyricists, singers and composers that can, in turn, be used to introduce them to some very important aspects of modern Persianate cultures.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Students will have one two-hour session every teaching week in which they receive instruction on anlaysing four songs and understanding their cultural contexts. They will do independent reading during the sixth week which has been set as 'Independent Reading Week'.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 128

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr S Talajooy
Module teaching staff: Dr S Talajooy