What is the course about?
The Iranian state is frequently at the centre of current political controversies. Its regional power, Islamist authority and nuclear status are all sources of contention in contemporary Western politics. On the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, this course will examine the origins of the modern Islamic Republic. It will delve into the causes, trajectory, nature and impact of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, thus illuminating how the Islamic Republic came to be established. By examining images, speeches and individual testimonies, the teaching in this course will reach beyond simplistic binaries in order to explore the complexities behind Iran’s revolutionary movement. Students on this course will be introduced to the key themes of modern Iranian history, also becoming familiar with ideas of political Islam. In the process they will gain a deeper understanding of pertinent contemporary issues in Middle Eastern politics.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details