SA3032 REGIONAL ETHNOGRAPHY I: ANTHROPOLOGY OF IRAN
Dr Pedram Khosronejad (pk18)
Semester: 2 Credits: 30
Teaching: One two-hour session per week (lecture and seminar discussion) plus two hours of film presentation and debate
Class Hour: Thursdays 11am-1pm
Office hours: Thursdays 2pm-3pm- Room 48, United College.
Please make an appointment by e-mail.
Course assessment: One assessed essay of 3000 words = 50%
One 3 Hour Examination = 50%
A WebCT site is supporting this module. This site includes details of lectures, readings and references, learning support materials including film synopsis.
BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE COURSE
This module is intended as an in-depth look at the social, cultural and religious processes of change in contemporary Shiite Iran, from the inception of Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1978 to the present day. The module will look at the growth of the Shiite state, the socio-cultural developments that it set in motion, gender relations, and particularly the socio-religious changes engendered by the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. While following a broad chronological perspective, students will be encouraged to engage with the specific ethnographic as well as the more general anthropological questions that this course aims to call attention to.
• General knowledge of Iranian history and indigenous narratives of descent and development.
• Acquisition of knowledge and empathy with a non-European society.
• Presentational and analytical skills.
Lecture One: Introduction: (2-part lecture); Socio-historical Background
Lecture Two: Introduction: Ethnicity, Religion and Cultural Diversity
Lecture Three: Shiite Islam in Iran and National Identity
Lecture Four: Socio-cultural Impacts of Shiite Revolution (1978-9)
Lecture Five: War, Martyrdom and Popular Shiite Culture (1980-88)
Lecture Six: Ritual, Space and Sacredness
Lecture Seven: Gender Issues and Family
Lecture Eight: Youth, Sex life and Fashion
Lecture Nine: Sport, Gender and Society
Lecture Ten: Tourism and War Pilgrimage
Lecture Eleven: Visual Art, Cinema, and Media
Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Department of Social Anthropology
71 North Street
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland KY16 9AL
Tel: +44 (1334) 461968
Fax: +44 (1334) 462985
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