INST 101
The Greater Game? Central Asia and its Neighbors Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Last Offered Spring 2009
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 216 / INST 101 / REL 236
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

The collapse of the Soviet Union, the recognition of untapped mineral wealth, and Islamic resurgence have all led to an increased focus on Central Asia and its neighbors, Russia, China, the Middle East. This course will be an introduction to the Caucasus, the Central Asian Republics, Xinjiang and Mongolia and the interests of their neighbors, including now the United States in those areas. This will be a lecture course that will introduce the salient themes and issues that are necessary for understanding these areas. The course will inevitably be deeply comparative focusing on themes of “the clash of civilizations,” the construction of national identities, notions of ethnicity and the treatment of ethnic minorities, resurgent religious movements, and the relation of state and civil society. This course will also function as an introduction to doing social scientific research on these areas and special attention will be devoted to the preparation of a research paper.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 30
Expected: 15
Class#: 3729
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly responses, three short essays (4-6 pages), and one research paper (12-15 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and sophomores
Unit Notes: meets Group B and G requirements in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 216 Division II INST 101 Division II REL 236 Division II
Attributes: ASST Interdepartmental Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
INST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives
REL Islamic Tradition Courses

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