• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course will explore women’s cultural contribution to the modern Iran and the Middle East . During the last three decades, women have played a significant role in the making of culture, through cinema, music, literature and art in the region. To introduce students to the region, this course will also provide  background of the social history of the Middle East and Iran.

Women have become the leaders of various artistic movements, and in today’s Middle East literature, cinema, music, visual and performing arts are inspired by a growing female presence. This course will focus on the role of women, as novelists, playwright, movie directors, and musicians.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe and discuss women’s  role in the making of the culture of the Middle East through the works of writers, directors, and musicians, and the complexities of the relationship between women and the arts.

2. Analyse and evaluate women’s roles and achievements in the

Culture of the Middle East in the last three decades.

3. select and combine materials from a topic relevant to the role of women in Middle Eastern contemporary culture and present them in a coherent matter in a team environment.

4. Analyse the elements shaping modern Middle Eastern culture through the prism of gender relations.




Indicative Assessment

1. Tutorial assessment (based on Participation 10%). This will address learning outcomes 1, 2 and 4.

2. One essay of 2,500 words  50% . This will address all learning outcomes.

3. End-of-semester 2 hour examination 40%. This will address all learning outcomes.

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Two hours of lectures, one one-hour tutorial, and an additional 7 hours private study over 12 weeks, and 10 hours private study and reflection over 1 week. Attendance is not assessed, but will be required.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 Units of courses towards your degree. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

There are no set texbooks for the course. The core texts will be made available to students via Wattle.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2478
2013 $2478
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8696 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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