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Conflict, Development And Islam In Russia, The Caucasus And Central Asia (Module)

Module description

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.

Aims

The aims of the module are to provide:

  • An understanding of the origins and dynamics of wars and unresolved military conflicts in the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia, as well as an examination of new possible sources of violence and conflict in the area and in neighbouring regions.
  • An examination of the challenges of economic development and its linkages with security in the Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asian, as well as an examination of the regions’ economic ties with neighbouring countries (Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, the EU). 
  • An understanding of the dynamics of Islam, nationalism and extremist ideologies in the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia, and of the linkages between international terrorism, al Qaeda and Islam in Eurasia. An assessment of the impact of political developments in neighbouring Muslim regions (Turkey, the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia) on Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
  • An examination of the involvement of the international community and neighbouring countries in addressing issues of conflict, security and development in the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia.
  • Critical assessment of the relevant literature on the various topics, as well as guidance in conducting research.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students will demonstrate:

  • A clear understanding of the causes, dynamics and consequences of wars and unresolved military conflicts in the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia regions, as well as an understanding of the wider relationship of such conflicts to international peace and security.
  • Good knowledge of potentially new sources of violence in the region and in neighbouring areas.
  • A thorough understanding of the developmental challenges affecting region, including proper knowledge of possible models of economic growth and development, as well as a thorough understanding of the linkages between development and security during conflicts and in the aftermath of conflicts in the Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia.
  • A deep understanding of the dynamics of Islam, nationalism and extremist ideologies as they develop in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus and their linkages with conflict, development, and international terrorism.
  • An awareness of the ways in which the international community can assist in addressing issues of conflict, development and political and religious extremism in the region.
  • An ability to engage critically with the literature on the subject, and to conduct research.

Staff information

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 40-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 360 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework & Exam*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM133

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 40

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No