- Code POLS3070
- 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 International Relations, Political Sciences, Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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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.
- 3000 word essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 2 hour exam or two thousand word essay in lieu of the exam (40) [LO 3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 2,4]
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130 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
The course uses an electronic reading brick available on Wattle.
Sally N. Cummings, Understanding Central Asia Politics and contested transformations, London: Routledge, 2012.
Amin Saikal, Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival, London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2012.
Svat Soucek, A History of Inner Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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