Module Code: HIS00022I
Tutor: Dr Joanna de Groot
Pre-requisites: A History first year module
This module offers students an opportunity to study an area of the world about which they may not know much using skills and insights which they have already learned. While nineteenth century Iran may seem an exotic and unfamiliar topic, and therefore too ‘difficult’ to study, in fact students who take the module will be able to ask questions and explore issues with which they are familiar - the role of government and religion, patterns of social and cultural life, the influence of established ideas or customs and of innovation or protest – as they pursue their investigations. Moreover that undoubtedly distinctive history is relevant to a range of related topics which students may already know about, ranging from nineteenth century European imperialism, to questions of social, political and intellectual change in ‘modern’ societies.
The module has two elements. In the first section, taught over the spring term, students will follow a programme of weekly seminars dealing with key aspects of nineteenth century Iran as described below. In the first month of the summer term they will work together on a project which will enable them to draw their previous work together and use both primary and secondary material to create a serious discussion and interpretation of key themes in that history.
Students who complete this module successfully should:
This 30-credit module is taught through a weekly two hour seminar run from weeks 2-10 in the spring term and a four week period of project work undertaken in weeks 1-4 of the summer term. Students will write and submit a procedural essay in week 7 of the spring term. Project work will be completed within the summer period and tutors should arrange to be available for consultation with students twice during that time. There will be no formal seminar teaching during this period.
The seminar programme will deal with the following:
Material life in Iran
Social power and dependence
Politics and power
For their project work students will work as a group, working on a topic chosen from a list of three or four possibilities, each of which will involve consideration of some of the major influences and developments affecting Iranians across the whole period, and the sources they have used during the module.
This module is assessed by:
The exam carries 67 per cent of assessment and the project element 33 per cent for this module.