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DAFF 2190A - Iran in the International System : Past and Present

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

There are no formal prerequisites for taking this course, other than a strong interest in the subject. Nevertheless prior background in Middle East politics and/or in the global history of the 20th century will help students with the core aspects of the course.

Course Description

The course will provide a comprehensive understanding of Iranian role as international actor, with particular focus on the relations with the United States. The purpose will be pursued through a historical/comparative approach: on the one hand, the course will trace back the history of Iranian foreign policy since the pre-revolutionary period up to the present time. On the other, it will draw parallels between American and EU policy towards Iran, especially with regard to the nuclear issue. The course will enable students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian internal dynamics and foreign policy on a regional and global level. It will allow them to gain a solid understanding of the ongoing confrontation between Tehran and the international community, its historic foundations and its future prospects, presented and analysed with a multi-faceted and comprehensive approach. The course will develop through 12 lessons of 2 hours each. Each of the lessons will be accompanied by PowerPoint presentations prepared by the instructor and will be integrated by other media materials and by a brief debate. The interactive aspect of the course will gradually increase in the second part of the course.

Teachers

CASTIGLIONI, Claudia (Enseignante)

Pedagogical format

The course will develop through 12 lessons of 2 hours each. Each of the lessons will be accompanied by PowerPoint presentations prepared by the instructor, and will be integrated by other media materials and by a brief debate. The interactive aspect of the course will gradually increase in the second part of the course.

Course validation

The Final Grade will be based upon : - Participation in the class debate (20%). - One Presentation of ca. 15 minutes (40%) to be done in pairs on key topics pre-selected by the instructor. - One final exam (40%), that will consist of a written test of 5 questions to be answered in 20 lines on the main issues covered during the course.

Workload

The core material of the course will be represented by the PowerPoint presentations (one for each teaching unit) made available by the instructor at the beginning the course. An in-depth knowledge of the presentations will be essential, together with a good understanding of the most relevant issues presented in the readings.

Required reading

  • EHTESHAMI, Anoushiravan. Iran: Stuck in Transition, Routledge, London, 2017

Additional required reading

  • HALLIDAY, Fred. The Middle East in International Relation. Power, Politics and Ideology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • KEDDIE, Nikki. Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution (New Heaven: Yale University Press, 2003)
  • PATRIKARAKOS, David. Nuclear Iran : the birth of an atomic state (London: I. B. Tauris, 2012)
  • A selection of the most relevant parts of these volumes will be provided to the students prior to the beginning of the course