- Code POLS2070
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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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.
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 InformationThis course is considered compatible with Security Studies, Asian Politics and International Relations, and Contemporary Asian Societies, fields of study.
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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
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