- Code MEAS2005
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, Middle East Studies, Arts
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Karima Laachir
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course broadly examines the roles played by women in the cultural sphere in modern Iran and the Middle East, where literature, cinema, music, visual and performing arts are inspired by a growing female presence. This is a topical subject that has acquired additional salience in light of the recent changes in the region. As never before, women in the region have to deal with the multiple issues of patriarchy, contested notions of modernity, identity, and authenticity, religion, political and economic participation and artistic expression. The course will focus on the role of women, as novelists, movie directors, and musicians. To introduce students to the region, it also provides background on women’s movements as well as analysis of the socio-political aspects that came to create the modern Middle East.
The course is made up of 12 weeks of lectures which comprises of two distinct sections: Five sessions will be dedicated to explore women’s cultural contributions to modern Iran, and seven sessions will be dedicated to the other Middle East countries including: Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia & The Persian Gulf Arab States, Egypt, and Turkey.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify 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;
- recognize and analyse women’s roles and achievements in the Culture of the Middle East in the last three decades;
- know how to 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;
- identify the elements shaping modern Middle Eastern culture through the prism of gender relations.
- Essay, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- End of semester examination, 2 hours, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Discussion contributions about readings, and in-class feedback (10) [LO 1,2,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
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