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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Course: Cinema and Society in the Middle East (IMES10035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Before enrolling students on this course, you are asked to contact the IMES Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504182, e-mail
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 courses in a suitable subject area at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). Only University/College level courses will be taken into consideration. This will be checked by the Visiting student office.
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain an overview of the history and development of cinemas in the Middle East
  2. Critically understand key themes and genres within Middle Eastern Cinemas
  3. Develop familiarity with analytical perspectives on the role of film within Middle Eastern society.
  4. Engage critically with film and conduct independant research related to the topics and themes of this module
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsIMES Cinema&Soc
Course organiserProf Nacim Pak-Shiraz
Tel: (0131 6)50 8432
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