- Class Number 5660
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Dilnoza Ubaydullaeva
- Dr Dilnoza Ubaydullaeva
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Familiarise themselves with Central Asia as a geographic and political entity, and its place in the global system of international affairs.
- 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.
- Develop critical approaches to various Geopolitical discourses focusing on Central Asia.
- Analyse patterns of alliance-making and the dynamics of cooperation and confrontation among great powers in Central Asia.
- Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Central Asian studies, and present their analytical findings in a cogent manner.
Readings will be available on Wattle.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Geopolitics and Central Asia|
|2||Western geopolitical analysis and Central Asia during the Age of Imperialism and the Cold War|
|3||Russian geopolitical thinking: from Slavophiles to Eurasianists|
|4||Central Asia after the Cold War: geostrategic vacuum and great power agendas||Essay progress discussion|
|5||The West and Central Asia: containment, energy security and normative transfer||Essay progress discussion|
|6||Russia: a receding or resurgent power?||Essay progress discussion|
|7||Chinese strategy in Central Asia||Essay progress discussion|
|8||Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and India: geopolitical agendas of regional powers||Essay progress discussion|
|9||‘Subaltern’ geopolitics? Mackinder’s legacy used (and abused) in Central Asia||Essay is due by 4pm on October 5|
|10||Practical geopolitics: traditional modalities of great power rivalry|
|11||Geopolitics of ideas: soft power projection|
|12||Assessing geopolitical dynamics in Central Asia today|
The course has a weekly seminar for which registration is not required.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|5,000 word research essay||50 %||05/10/2023||1,2,3,4,5|
|24hr final examination at the end of the semester||40 %||*||1,4,5|
|Seminar work||10 %||*||2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks 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: 1,2,3,4,5
5,000 word research essay
The essay will be assessed against Learning Outcomes 1-5, 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
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
24hr final examination at the end of the semester
The final examination:
· Will be held during the Second Semester examination period (3-19 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 format.
· Will entail answering, in writing, two questions, word count of approximately 1500 words (~750 per question). Advice on the structure and content of the examination will be provided during seminars.
. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
· Will be assessed against Learning Outcomes 1,4 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.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3
Demonstration of understanding of themes/ideas presented in the weekly readings;
Discussion of weekly topics during the seminars;
Demonstration of critical engagement with weekly literature in students' contribution to class discussion.
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Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor 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.
Late SubmissionNo submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR 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.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted 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.
The Research Essay will be returned within 14 days of submission.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions 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.
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Central Asian Studies, International Relations, Geopolitics, Education in post-Soviet Central Asia, Securitisation.
Dr Dilnoza Ubaydullaeva