• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Security Studies, International Affairs, Middle East Studies, Central Asia Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of politics in Central Asia. It aims at exploring issues of governance, security, conflict and cooperation in the region as a whole, as well as investigating problems and processes specific to each of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. While international relations of the newly independent states will be analysed primarily from the geopolitical and geostrategic point of view, students will be encouraged to develop interpretive frameworks based on indigenous knowledge and perceptions.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with Central Asia as a geographic and cultural entity, and major phases in its historical development.
  2. Reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to politics and international relations of the region, with a special emphasis on the notions of nation-building, democracy, great power interference, post-Communist transition, and security.
  3. Analyse historical and current developments in five individual countries constituting the region, using these intellectual tools.
  4. Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Central Asian studies, and present findings in a coherent manner on paper and orally.

Indicative Assessment

4000 word research essay (60%), Learning Outcomes 1-4
Final Examination, 3 hours (held during the formal examination period) (40%), Learning Outcomes 1-4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS8103.

Prescribed Texts

An e-brick is made available for this course on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Olivier Roy, The New Central Asia: Geopolitics and the Birth of Nations. New York: New York University Press, 2007.
Svat Soucek,  A History of Inner Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Alexander Cooley, Great Games, Local Rules. The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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