Time and Place: 1981: The Iran Hostage Crisis (V1464)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

January 21st 1981: just hours after Ronald Reagan had finished his first inauguration address, a plane carrying 52 American hostages left Tehran for Algiers. The timing was no accident; it signalled the end of a crisis that had cost Jimmy Carter the presidency and gestured towards a different approach to US foreign policy under Reagan. The module will examine the hostage crisis and consider the significance of this pivotal moment, firstly for US engagement with the wider Middle East region but also for its importance for understanding the current significance of the ongoing US-Iran relationship.


48%: Lecture
52%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 23 hours of contact time and 127 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.