• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course covers a predominantly Muslim region, which has recently come to prominence in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its focus is on the national politics and regional and international relations of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, with references to other players' role in the region. The course concentrates on selected themes concerning political and social change, economic modernisation and regional security against the backdrop of sectarian, ethnolinguistic and ideological diversity, as well as outside interference and geopolitical rivalry.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Feel familiar with the region, its peoples, geography, culture, and the place in the world

2. Reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to politics and international relations of Central Asia

3. Analyse historical and current developments in the region, using these intellectual tools

4. Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Central Asian studies, and present your findings in a coherent manner on paper and orally.

Other Information

This course is considered compatible with Security Studies, Asian Politics and International Relations, and Contemporary Asian Societies, fields of study.

Indicative Assessment

One 3,000 word essay (50%), and either a two-hour examination, or a 2,000 word essay (40%) and tutorial assessment (based on attendance, reading, performance) (10%).

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Two hours of lectures and a one-hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks.

Tutorials will start on the second week of the semester.

Students can expect to undertake 6-8 hours of reading and independent research per week outside of class time, in preparation for tutorials, submission of the major essay, and the final exam.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course. However, the following three books (which are also available at the Co-Op bookshop on the campus) can serve as solid background reading:

Svat Soucek                 A History of Inner Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Amin Saikal                  Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival, London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2004.

This volume contains a wealth of useful historical, statistical and sociological data related to the five newly independent states in Central Asia:

Giampaolo R. Capisani (ed.)     The Handbook of Central Asia. A Comprehensive Survey of the New Republics. London: I.B. Tauris, 2000.





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3667 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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