• 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, Cultural Studies, History, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course broadly examines the historical, cultural and social processes which have formed and transformed Iranian and Persian culture and civilization. Students will be introduced to the history, language, literature, art and society in Iran, ranging from ancient Persia to the arrival of Islam and the spread of Persian civilisation to the Persianate World and moving to modern and contemporary Iran. The course will seek to analyse a range of topics, which includes the legacy of Pre-Islamic Iran as well as the formation of a Persianate Islamic culture and its impact on Iranian literature, and art. It will also provide an analysis of the various social and historical aspects that came to create modern Iran, emphasising the move towards the constitutional revolution in early twentieth century, the consequences of the fifty-year Pahlavi dynasty (1925-1979), the 1979 Iranian Revolution and their impacts on the culture of Iran.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Other Information

This course is listed in the following major and minors

Advanced Persian Minor ANU

Asian History Minor - ANU

History Major - ANU

History Minor - ANU

India Studies Major - ANU

International Communication Major - ANU

International Communication Minor - ANU

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major - ANU

Persian Major - ANU

Persian Minor - ANU

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Final examination (two hours) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Tutorial assessment (based on attendance, reading and performance) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level courses, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

CASS Course Compliance Review


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8666 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
9294 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online View

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