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PR4021 Female Identity in Contemporary Iran

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The module offers a chronological overview of the evolution in the representation of female subjects in Iran, focusing on a different topic related to women's identity and the representation of women every week. All these topics will be accompanied by readings that complement the lectures and will form the basis of discussion in tutorials. The topics selected will include photographs of women in the Qajar courts at the turn of the twentieth century, the emergence of the first female poets and writers, female activism in Iran, the role of women in the Islamic Revolution and women filmmakers.This module aims to offer an overview of the position of women in Iranian society within an historical context, helping students form a deeper understanding of Iranian culture and history. 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: 20
  • Guided independent study: 130

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