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First Name Last Name Userid Title Home School Org Short Name
Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili fshams ASST PROFESSOR A School of Arts and Sciences Near Eastern Languages and Culture
Fall 2019 (Deactivations ONLY)
Fall 2019
Media&Cultr Contmpr Iran
This course is an introduction to the major cultural themes and trends of contemporary Iran. Through the lens of press, cinema, literature and drama, the course will examine the ways in which contemporary Iranian society has been subject to rapid change and transformation over the past century. This class is designed for both junior and senior students who are keen to better understand the cultural context of Iran as one of the most influential and significant countries in the Middle East.

Foundational Approach

One-term course offered either term
Cross Cultural Analysis
Standing Faculty
Standing Faculty
Like most of the sources at the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations's Persian Studies, this course is taught as an elective and is designed to introduce any College student a layered understanding of an often misunderstood corner of the world. With focus on the social media, cinema and literature, this course enriches and challenges the students' assumptions of the contemporary Iran.
To provide the College students with a more complex and nuanced perspective on Iran through the lens of social media, cinema and literature. To engage them with some of the most engaging and dazzling works of literature and art in contemporary Iran and to introduce to them an unexplored version of Iran that they do not find in the news headlines.

Methods of Assessment

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Cross Cultural Analysis

The main objective of this course is to invite the students to revisit their assumptions about Iran and Iranians and their social values through various alternative lenses such as fiction, poetry, social media and cinema. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to bring their own personal stories of cultural misconceptions to class as a point of departure. Through class discussions and activities, students are invited to connect their own personal stories with those offered in the teaching materials.
Iran is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse countries in the Middle East. This course is designed to introduce an alternative version of Iran which is not available in Western media. Students come to learn about various ethnic and religious minorities and their survival mechanism in a majority Muslim country. Students become familiar with the most complex ways of interpretation of religion as a culture and tradition rather than pure ideology that is practiced among Iranians.
The course focuses on the cultural specifics of the Iranian society and Persian culture while trying to connect those specifics to the more general parallels in the region and beyond. Students learn how to engage with the question of race, ethnicity and gender in the Iranian context through a comparative lens. The teaching materials include some comparative perspectives on other cultural contexts. Through the medium of film and visual arts, students develop a more sophisticated, nuanced and layered understanding of Iran.
Students read and understand Iran through a variety of sources such as social media, movies, poems, short stories, novels, memoirs, fictions and academic articles. They will feel confident in the following methodological areas by the end of the semester: Close reading of the literary texts, critical cultural and visual analysis of artistic products, writing cultural and critical commentaries, analytical thinking, academic writing skills.

Cultural Diversity in the US


Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

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