• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Political Sciences, International Security

 Geopolitics, or the study of international relations from a geographical perspective, has a venerable tradition as an academic discipline going back to the late-19th century. It has also informed strategic thinking of great powers seeking territorial expansion or global influence. The Eurasian heartland, and especially its southern fringe comprising Central Asia, has continuously been at the centre of the interpretation of the whole world situation from a spatial viewpoint.

 

This course will discuss the roots of contemporary geopolitical thought, focusing on the British, continental European, American, and Russian contributions. It will examine practical manifestations of geopolitics during World War II and the Cold War before moving to an analysis of contemporary conflicts in Eurasia's southern Muslim belt through the prism of great power rivalry involving China, Russia, the USA, and other regional actors.

 

The course will conclude with a survey of modern critical approaches within the discipline of geopolitics, which go beyond the Realist paradigm in explaining conflictual and associative patterns of behaviour of territorial states in the region.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Familiarise themselves with Central Asia as a geographic and political entity, and its place in the global system of international affairs.
  2. Reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to Geopolitics as an IR discipline and a particular modality of policy-making by powerful states.
  3. Develop critical approaches to various Geopolitical discourses focusing on Central Asia.
  4. Analyse patterns of alliance-making and the dynamics of cooperation and confrontation among great powers in Central Asia.
  5. Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Central Asian studies, and present their analytical findings in a cogent manner.

Indicative Assessment

  1. One 5,000 word essay (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. One 3 hour exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of seminars; and b) 106 hours of online activities, practice exercises, readings and assessment, over 12 weeks.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS4114.

Prescribed Texts

The course uses an electronic reading brick.

Preliminary Reading

  • Nick Megoran and Sevara Sharapova, eds. Central Asia in International Relations: The Legacies of Halford Mackinder. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
  • Marlene Laruelle and Sebastien Peyrouse. Globalizing Central Asia: Geopolitics and the Challenges of Economic Development. Abingdon: Rouledge, 2015.

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5744 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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