- 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, International Relations, Political Sciences, Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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:
- familiarise themselves with the region, its peoples, geography, culture, and the place in the world;
- reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to politics and international relations of Central Asia;
- analyse historical and current developments in the region, using these intellectual tools; and
- locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Central Asian studies, and present their findings in a cogent and analytical manner.
Other InformationThis course is considered compatible with Security Studies, Asian Politics and International Relations, and Contemporary Asian Societies, fields of study.
- 3,000 word essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 2-hour exam (two questions to be answered) or 2,000 word essay (40) [LO 3,4]
- Tutorial performance (10) [LO 2,4]
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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.
The course uses an electronic reading brick available on Wattle.
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.
Daniel L. Burghart and Theresa Sabonis-Helf, eds. Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2752||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|