Postgraduate Course: Cinema and Society in the Middle East (PG Version) (IMES11069)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course aims to open a window for students to explore and understand contemporary Middle-Eastern society through film. In a world increasingly defined and understood through images and the media, the importance of studying these constructions and representations are pertinent in any study of a particular region and culture.
Much of the Middle East and Muslims generally, are continually subject to Western stereotypes, these images offer us little understanding of their aspirations, challenges and achievements. This course will study Muslim culture and society through the lens of film, with a focus on Iranian cinema as a case study. The course will examine a number of topics including the encounter of tradition and modernity, issues of gender as well as the various ways in which both men and women engage with traditional and modern norms. It will also look at representations of women at various points in Iranian history as well as the construction of female images by women themselves. Censorship and the use of film as propaganda, film and its engagement with religion, diaspora and their contributions to the rich debates on society and identity are some of the other topics that will be explored in this course.
This course is jointly taught with undergraduate students and will have additional sessions for PG students only. This will include independent film viewing pre-sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Gain an overview of the history and development of cinemas in the Middle East
- Critically understand key themes and genres within Middle Eastern Cinemas
- Develop familiarity with analytical perspectives on the role of film within Middle Eastern society.
- Engage critically with film and conduct independant research related to the topics and themes of this module
- Demonstrate advanced awareness of the cinemas of the Middle East and apply knowledge gained on the course elsewhere.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||PG Version of IMES10035
|Course organiser||Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz
Tel: (0131 6)50 8432
|Course secretary||Mrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465