- Code MEAS3004
- 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 Arab and Islamic Studies, International Relations, Middle East Studies
This course presents an interdisciplinary overview of politics and security in contemporary Iran. It discusses the geopolitical, geostrategic and geographical importance of Iran for the region. Key domestic security challenges to the state are outlined and studied. Taking a knowledge-based and experiential approach, the course explores six core interconnected divisions most relevant to Iran and the region. These divisions are social (class division), societal (identity-based division), national (people-state division), political (division within the political system), regional (regional rivalry) and international divisions (great power politics and the region). The course provides an intellectual and analytical framework for engagement with the issues facing the region and Iran's linkages to them.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key issues and debates regarding political and security issues in contemporary Iran;
- illustrate an ability to relate Iran’s political, and ideological discourses within the context of the wider Middle East regional security complex;
- demonstrate the capacity to develop evidence-based argument and evaluation encompassing the full range of internal and external security aspects of the country in past and present;
- integrate interdisciplinary perspective on Iran and the region with larger theoretical evaluations such as international relations theory and critical security studies; and
- develop knowledge about Iran’s internal, regional and international issues through research and analysis.
- In-class Presentation: Critical Poster Presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Project Work (Two 1000 words Reaction Papers - 20% each) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay (word limit: 3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2 hours of seminars per week; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam: Iran in World Politics. The Question of the Islamic Republic (London: Hurst 2007)
Abbas Amanat: Iran, A Modern History (Part IV). (New Haven & London: Yale University Press 2017)
Mahan Abedin: Iran Resurgent, the Rise and Rise of the Shia State (London: Hurst 2019)
Daniel Brumberg and Farideh Farhi, (eds.) Power and Change in Iran, Politics of Contention and Conciliation (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press 2016)
Alam Saleh: Ethnic Identity and the State in Iran (New York: Palgrave 2013)
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