Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Politics and Foreign Policy In Modern Iran UOC 511 0 3 + 0 3 7
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator BAYRAM SİNKAYA
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants Res. Ass. Zana Baykal
Course Category
Course Objective This course aims to familiarize students with the modern Iranian politics and foreign policy and to comprehend socio-political dynamics in Iran. Major socio-political dynamics, regional and systemic factors that affect Iranian politics and the critical turning points in Iranian political history will be reviewed throughout the course. Thereby this course has aimed to increase awareness of students on interplay of various structural and conjectural dynamics that shaped modern Iranian politics. Students will be encouraged to analyze Iranian politics by the course requirements.
Course Content This course will review majör turning points in the political history on with special emphasis to the affect of socio-economic, polictical, regional, and systemic factors. Each student is expected to read weekly readings and to contribute to discussions in the class. Major headlines are as the following;

Iranzamin: The Physical Environment and Social Structure
Historical Legacy and the Iranian Politics
Society and Politics in the 19th Century Iran
Politics and Foreign Policy in Iran under the Pahlavis
The Iranian Revolution of 1979: Background and Outcomes
The Rise and Fall of the Reformist Movement
Politics and Foreign Policy in Iran under Ahmadinejad
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Students will be able to comprehend the rise and the evoluiton of Iranian studies and its content Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Case Study, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
2 Students will be able to learn pyhiscal and demographic features of Iran and their effects on politics Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
3 Students will be able to review history of Iran and its effect on political culture Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
4 Students will be able to comprehend major features of society and political structure in Iran in the 19th century Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
5 Students will be able to discuss reasons and outcomes of the constitutional revolution Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
6 Students will be able to review the ascendance of Riza Khan to throne and the foundation of ?modern Iran? Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
7 Students will be able to understand the rise of nationalism in Iran and review effects of nationalization of the oil industry Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
8 mid-term exam Testing,
9 Students will be able to critically review reasons of the Islamic revolution and its background Lecture, Question-Answer, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
10 Students will be able to comprehend outcomes of the revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
11 Students will be able to review the effects of the revolution on politics and foreign policy of Iran in the 1980s Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
12 Students will be able to comrehend the transformation of reolutionary politics, the rise and fall of the reform movement Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
13 Students will be able to review major devlopments in iranian politics and foreign policy under Ahmadinejad Lecture, Question-Answer, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
14 Students will be able to evaluate contemporary Iranian politics Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Brain Storming, Self Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction to Iranian Politics 4,6
2 Iranzamin: The Physical Environment and Social Structure 4,6 9, 10
3 Historical Legacy and the Iranian Politics 11, 12
4 Society and Politics in the 19th Century Iran 3, 6, 13
5 The Constitutional Revolution of 1905-06 3,4, 6, 14
6 Politics and Foreign Policy in Iran under Reza Shah 4, 6, 15
7 The Rise of National Movement and Mosaddeq 4, 6, 16
8 Exam Week -
9 The Iranian Revolution of 1979 I: Background of the Revolution 2, 4,6, 18
10 The Iranian Revolution of 1979 II: Outcomes of the Revolution 2,4,6, 19, 20
11 Politics and Foreign Policy in Iran in the Revolutionary Decade 7, 8, 22,
12 The Rise and Fall of the Reformist Movement 7,8, 21
13 Politics and Foreign Policy in Iran under Ahmadinejad 7, 8, 16, 17
14 General Overview 7, 8, 23
Resources
Course Notes 1. Said A. Arjomand, The Turban of the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.<br>2. Mohsen M. Milani, The Making of Iran?s Islamic Revolution, Westview Press, Colorado, 1994.<br>3. Nikki R. Keddie, Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan, 1796-1925, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, 1999.<br>4. Nikki R. Keddie, Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2006.<br>5. Ali M. Ansari, Modern Iran, Harlow: Pearson, 2007.<br>6. Ervand Abrahamian, A History of Modern Iran, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2008.<br>7. Said A. Arjomand, After Khomeini: Iran after His Successors, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009.<br>8. Ray Takeyh, Guardians of the Revolution, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009.
Course Resources 1. Eric Hooglund, ?The Society and its Environment?, G. E. Curtis & E. Hooglund (eds.), Iran: A Country Study, 2008.
2. ?Iran-zamin: The Physical Environment? by John W. Limbert in Iran: At War with History (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1987), pp. 1-10.
3. Bernard Lewis, ?Iran in History?, in Middle Eastern Lectures no. 4 (2001).
4. Shaul Bakhash, ?Historical Setting?, G. E. Curtis & E. Hooglund (eds.), Iran: A Country Study, 2008.
5. Hamid Algar, ?Religious Forces in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Iran,? The Cambridge History of Iran, vol.7, pp.705-731.
6. Vanessa Martin, ?State, Power, and Long-term Trends in the Iranian Constitution of 1906 and its Supplement of 1907?, Middle Eastern Studies, vol.47, no.3 (2011).
7. Gavin R.G. Hambly, ?The Pahlavi Autocracy: Rıza Shah, 1921-1941,? The Cambridge History of Iran, vol.7, pp.213-243.
8. Mark J. Gasiorowski, ?The 1953 Coup D?etat in Iran,? Int. J. of Middle East Studies, vol.19, no.3 (1987).
9. Gavin R.G. Hambly, ?The Pahlavi Autocracy: Muhammad Rıza Shah, 1941-1979,? The Cambridge History of Iran, vol.7, pp.244-296.
10. Hamid Algar, ?Religious Forces in Twentieth Century Iran,? The Cambridge History of Iran, vol.7, pp.732-764.
11. Hamidreza Jaleipour, ?Iran?s Islamic Revolution: Achievements and Failures,? Critque: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, vol.15, no.3 (2006).
12. R.K. Ramazani, ?Iran?s Foreign Policy: Contending Orientations?, Middle East Journal, vol.43, no.2 (1989).
13. Henner Furtig, ?Iran ? the ?Second Islamic Republic?? J. of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, vol.20, no.3 (1997).
14. Mehdi Moslem, ?The State and Factional Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran?, in E. Hooglund (ed.), Twenty Years of Islamic Revolution, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2002, pp.19-35.
15. Ali Ansari, ?Iran under Ahmadinejad: Populism and its malcontents?, International Affairs, vol.84, no.4 (2008).
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 25
1. Ödev 37
2. Ödev 38
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 20
1. Final 80
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 4 64
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 6 96
Mid-terms 1 20 20
Final examination 1 20 20
Total Workload 200
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 8
dersAKTSKredisi 7