Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, European Studies, International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject focuses on new relations emerging across Eurasia, including Russia, the Ukraine, and wider Central Asia, including interactions with China and Northeast Asia. It looks in detail at the economic, political, cultural and strategic interests that make this a vital but turbulent zone of interaction. Particular themes include 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. Major regional organisations are studied, including 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. Students may focus on seminars of particular professional or vocation interest. No Pre-requisites required

    Learning Objectives
    1. To be informed about Eurasia, Central Asia, Russia, regional interactions and their impact on global events from a variety of sources. Supplied through lecture and seminar content, plus required and suggested readings.
    2. a) Ability to analyse current IR problems and present ideas in student-led seminars. Present new ideas in seminars and class discussions. b) Discuss alternative policy approaches. The ability to be engage in constructive class discussion and collectively assess new trends and current news.
    3. Ability to engage in academic writing and seminar presentations.
    4. Graduates are aware of the standards, ethics and values of their discipline, in both the local and global context.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.