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INTR13-304: Eurasia


This subject focuses on new relations emerging across Eurasia, involving Russia, the Ukraine, and wider Central Asia, including interactions with China and Northeast Asia. Students explore the economic, political, cultural and strategic interests that make this a vital but turbulent zone of interaction. The subject investigates particular themes such as the current Russian effort to strengthen its global influence, the Ukrainian crisis, China-Russia relations, the future of Siberia, Central Asian ecological and developmental problems, energy politics, the regional impact of reconstruction in Afghanistan, the role of Islam, and the influence of Turkey. Students also learn about major regional organisations, such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Eurasian Economic Union and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.  In ancient times, the Silk Road linked these regions through a shared interest in trade. Today, convergent economic interests are challenged by different perceptions of how security and political stability might be developed. 

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950

Learning outcomes

1. Understand Eurasia, Central Asia, Russia, regional interactions and their impact on global events from a variety of sources.
2. 2. a) Analyse current IR problems and present ideas in student-led seminars. b) Present new ideas in seminars and class discussions. c) Discuss alternative policy approaches. c) Engage in constructive class discussion and collectively assess recent trends and current news.
3. Engage in academic writing and write seminar papers.
4. Demonstrate awareness of the standards, ethics and values of their discipline, in both the local and global context.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021