- Class Number 7416
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
- Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
Following the collapse of the USSR in 1991, fifteen former Soviet republics emerged as sovereign states. All of them have struggled to evolve working political systems and maintain sovereignty and internal cohesion. The newly independent states have been under pressure from Russia, China and the USA competing for geopolitical influence and, in a number of cases, control over extensive energy resources. Most of them have experienced economic decline, armed conflicts, terrorism, civil violence, organised crime and separatism of minority groups. The West today perceives post-Soviet Eurasia, with a population of approximately 300 million, as a zone of chronic instability posing threats to regional and global security.
The course will seek to analyse topical developments and highlight long-term trends in security choices of the former Soviet Union. Emphasis will be placed on the issues of great power rivalry, ethno-nationalism, and conflict management. The course will discuss security dilemmas at multiple levels, ranging from state policies to sub-state actors and transnational issues, but special attention will be given to regional security complexes involving Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise the successor states to the USSR, their peoples, geography, culture, and politics;
- Reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to Geopolitics, the Regional Security Complex Theory, and ethnic conflict studies;
- Analyse international relations, security dilemmas, and crisis situations in Eurasia, using these intellectual tools;
- Identify sub-state, interstate, regional, and transnational security threats affecting the former Soviet republics; and,
- Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to the post-Soviet political space, and present findings in a coherent manner on paper and orally.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture 1 Survey of people, history, and geography. Geopolitics in International Relations Lecture 2 Disintegration of the USSR and its implications for Eurasian security|
|2||Lecture 3 The emergence of post-Soviet nations Lecture 4 Regionalism in Eurasia: alliance-making, interstate cooperation and integration||Tutorial quiz|
|3||Lecture 5 Russia’s policy in the ‘Near Abroad’: between imperialism and legitimate pursuit of national security Lecture 6 Understanding Moscow’s policies vis-a-vis the former Soviet republics||Tutorial quiz|
|4||Lecture 7 Conflicts theorised and (mis)interpreted: the ‘Grand Chessboard’ and the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ theses Lecture 8 Geopolitics of oil and gas||Tutorial quiz|
|5||Lecture 9 Central Asia: problems of political and socio-economic development Lecture 10 The Central Asian Security Complex: regional and international dimensions||Tutorial quiz|
|6||Lecture 11 Historical memory and ethno-religious rivalry in the Caucasus Lecture 12 The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict||Tutorial quiz 3,000 word essay due by 4pm on September 2|
|7||Lecture 13 ‘Rose Revolution’ in Georgia: a popular uprising or a post-modern coup? Lecture 14 The Russo-Georgian war of 2008 and its regional and global implications||Tutorial quiz|
|8||Lecture 15 The ‘Orange Revolution’ and perennial political crisis in Ukraine Lecture 16 The Ukraine conflict in 2014-2021: regional and global dimensions||Tutorial quiz|
|9||Lecture 17 Between Russia and Europe: politics of identity in Belarus and Moldova Lecture 18 Moldova and the Transnistrian problem: unrecognised states in the international system||Tutorial quiz|
|10||Lecture 19 Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as a security threat Lecture 20 Transnational organised crime||Tutorial quiz|
|11||Lecture 21 Three sinister -isms: making sense of terrorism, extremism, and Islamic radicalism Lecture 22 Popular perceptions of security threats and solutions in Eurasia||Tutorial quiz|
|12||Lecture 23 What a new security regime in Eurasia might look like? Lecture 24 Recent trends and developments||Tutorial quiz|
|13||Examination period||24-hour take-home exam|
Tutorial registration is available via Wattle site for the course
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|3,000 word essay||50 %||02/09/2021||08/10/2021||2,3,4,5|
|Final examination||40 %||*||*||1,3,5|
|Tutorial performance||10 %||*||*||2,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5
3,000 word essay
The major research essay:
· Is due no later than 4.00pm Thursday 2 September 2021 (Week 6, immediately before the mid-semester break).
· Must be on a topic selected from the list to be supplied in Week 2 and published on Wattle.
· Must be 3,000 words in length (± 10%).
· Will count for 50% of the total course assessment and final mark.
· Will be assessed against Learning Outcomes 2-5 on (in descending order of importance):
— whether and how well the question is answered;
— whether and how well an argument is presented;
— the factual accuracy of the essay;
— the depth and sophistication of research demonstrated in the essay;
— whether academic conventions have been followed; and
— the technical quality of the essay.
· Must be formatted for ease of reading, i.e. it must:
— be word processed or typed;
— be in a commonly used font, of a size roughly similar to Times 12pt for main text and roughly Times 10pt for footnotes;
— be 1.5-spaced or double-spaced for the main text, and single spaced for the footnotes, bibliography, and any appendices;
— have wide margins left and right; and
— be on standard (A4) sized pages, paginated throughout.
· Must be submitted electronically on Wattle, using the Turnitin protocol on the course site. Essays submitted in any other way may not be received or accepted, unless an alternative submission means has been previously agreed with the course convener.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5
The final examination:
· Will be held during the Second Semester examination period (4-20 November inclusive). Students must make themselves available to complete the examination at any time during this period.
· Will be of 24 hours duration and follow the open-book pattern.
· Will entail answering, in writing, two questions in a flexible format (could be essay-like, dot-point, graphic, poetic, etc.) Detailed advice on the structure and content of the examination will be provided during tutorials after the mid-semester break.
· Will count for 40% of the total course assessment and final mark.
· Will be assessed against one or more of Learning Outcomes 1, 3 and 5, and will be assessed on (in descending order of importance):
— whether and how well the questions posed are answered;
— whether and how well facts and arguments, as applicable, are presented in the answers;
— the depth and sophistication of knowledge and understanding demonstrated in the examination.
· Exam answers must be submitted electronically on Wattle, using the Turnitin protocol on the course site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,4
· Tutorial performance will be based on three types of in-class activities:
- quizzes reflecting the essential reading from the brick for a particular week;
- individual participation in the free-for-all discussion;
- small group work on problem resolution.
· Tutorial attendance is not assessable per se but is highly desirable as there are no alternatives to the activities outlined above. The tutorial mark will be made available on October 29 and is not open to appraisal by a second examiner.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Marked essays with feedback will be returned to students via Turnitin on Wattle on October 8 unless advised otherwise. Marked examination papers will be available for viewing on Wattle on or around November 20, depending on the actual date of the exam.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Assignments cannot be resubmitted.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Geopolitics, International Relations, Security Studies, Russian and Central Asian Studies
Dr Kirill Nourzhanov