• Class Number 4870
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course broadly examines the historical, cultural and social processes which have formed and transformed Iranian culture and civilization. The unit comprises three sections: ancient, middle and modern Iran. The student will be introduced to history, politics, language, literature, art and society in Iran, ranging from ancient Persia to contemporary Iran. The course will seek to analyse a range of topics, which includes the legacy of Pre-Islamic Iran as well the history of the Islamic conquest and its impact on Iranian literature, art, and architecture. It will also provide an analysis of the socio-political aspects that came to create modern Iran, emphasising the move towards the constitutional revolution, the consequences of the fifty-year Pahlavi dynasty, and finally the developments of the domestic and foreign policies under the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Learning Outcomes

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

In this course, students will develop or extend their knowledge and understanding of:

1. significant dates, events and legacies in Iranian history and culture.

2. the processes that have created and transformed the nation-state in Iran.

3. the elements in shaping Iranian cultural and political identity.

4. Iran's regional and international interactions in various historical periods.  

Required Resources

Preliminary Reading:

Arberry, A. J. (ed.)                 The Legacy of Persia, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1953.

Browne, E                               Literary History of Persia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964.

Mackey, Sandra                     The Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation,

New York: Plume Book, 1998.

Frye, R. N.                             The Golden Age of Persia, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1975.

Saikal, Amin                           The Rise and Fall of the Shah, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 2009.

Abrahamian, Ervand               A History of Modern Iran, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Milani, Abbas                          The Shah, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2011

Saikal, Amin                            Iran at the Crossroads, UK, 2016

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 General Orientation, introduction and overview to the course, General information: Land, people, languages, religions, political system
2 Ancient Iran (1): The Elamites. Ayrian Tribes migration. The process of state formation: Median State, Achaemenid Dynasty (Persian Empire)
3 Ancient Iran (2): Parthian. Sassanian Empire.
4 Ancient Iran (3) Iranian Religions: Zoroastrianism, Manicheianism
5 Two major Invasions: Arab invasion and conquest of Persia. The Mogul invasion.
6 Safavid Empire. Revival of Shi’ite Islam. Post Safavid Era.
7 Classical Persian Literature Essay is Due on April 23
8 Qajar Dynasty. Constitutional Revolution.
9 The Pahlavi Era.
10 The 1979 Iranian Revolution Essay Returned on May 13
11 Iran after the Revolution. Cultural and social movements
12 Modern Persian Literature

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
All Assessment Tasks 100 % 22/06/2019 28/06/2019 Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

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Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.



Assessment Task 1

Value: 100 %
Due Date: 22/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4

All Assessment Tasks

Please refer to course guide on the Wattle site for details of all assessment tasks and due dates.

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Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Zahra Taheri

Research Interests

Persian Language, Literature, History and Culture. Gender Studies, Sufism, Islamic Ethics.

Dr Zahra Taheri

Monday 10:00 11:00
Monday 10:00 11:00
Dr Zahra Taheri

Research Interests

Dr Zahra Taheri

Monday 10:00 11:00
Monday 10:00 11:00

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