Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Iranian Cinema FTV4084

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course discusses key historical moments, directors, genres and themes of Iranian Cinema.


1 x 1 hr Lecture;

1 x 1 hour seminar; 

1 x 1 hour Workshop; 

1 x 2 hour Screening per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Film and Television Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation

Excluded Courses





Scene Analysis (1500 words) - 40%

Essay (2500 words) - 60%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Familiarize students with key topics and issues in Iranian cinema

■ Provide students with an opportunity to explore Iranian cinema within a national and transnational context

■ Introduce students to established and emerging filmmakers from Iran

■ Equip students to read films through historical, contextual, and cinematic frameworks

■ Teach students practical and academic skills such as critical thinking, writing, and research

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Distinguish between various cinematic movements, filmmakers, and periods in Iranian cinema

■ Recognize the works and styles of pre- and post-revolutionary Iranian auteurs

■ Critically engage with non-western cinemas

■ Present clear arguments in writing based on research and evidencing a degree of critical thinking

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.