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A Holistic Look at Iran: Economics, Religion, Politics, and More

This course is a holistic look at Iran: its environment, ethnolinguistic composition, relationship to religion and religious communities, economics, history, and politics. The purpose is to provide an understanding of the complexity of Iranian society and culture. Although Iran is in the news on a regular basis, its portrayal is often incomplete, confusing, and opaque with a plethora of contradictory information about its structure at all levels—from its very geography to its body politic. Yet, Iran is a significant geopolitical entity with its own priorities, goals, and challenges in this constantly evolving world. This course will provide students with the context to understand better how Iran views itself and its geopolitical position and what its motives and constraints are when interacting with various world powers.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A view of Iran’s environment and geography and the challenges it faces in the context of environmental change in the 21st century
  • An understanding of the composition of the Iranian ethnolinguistic structure and population
  • An overview of the Shiite/Sunni differences and the effects on the social structure in Iran
  • Familiarity with modern Iranian history (post-1906 Constitutional Revolution and the subsequent Islamic Revolution)
  • A view of the potential economic/industrial strength of Iran in the region and its relations with both regional and nonregional powers

Ideal for

  • Ideal for students who are interested in the current Middle East and a deeper understanding of the Iranian body politic
  • People looking for a deeper understanding of how “Iran works” and how it views itself in the current world
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