Post-Soviet Caucasus: Politics, Civil Society, Economy

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Overview

Admission requirements

The special prerequisite for this course, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6

Selection:

credits 20% final grades 40% national university aptitude test 40%

Schedule for admitted students

You will find the schedule here

Description

The course offers an introduction to the Caucasus region, including geography, its ethnic groups and languages, demographic dynamics, history and recent political developments. It focuses on problems within the Caucasus region related to the transition from Soviet power to democracy and market relations in the Post-Soviet period.

Syllabus

For students spring 2015, autumn 2014, spring 2014, autumn 2013, spring 2013, autumn 2012

Course Code:
IM231L revision 1
Level of specialisation
G1N
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
09 February 2012
Date of ratification:
01 March 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2012

Course description

The course offers an introduction to the Caucasus region, including geography, its ethnic groups and languages, demographic dynamics, history and recent political developments. It focuses on problems within the Caucasus region related to the transition from Soviet power to democracy and market relations in the Post-Soviet period.

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course can be included as a part of a general degree at undergradate level.

Entry requirements

The special prerequisite for this course, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: English B.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student shall:
  • have a basic knowledge of the Caucasus region, including its geography, ethnic composition, main languages, religions, demographic distribution, political systems, economy, administrative division.
  • demonstrate understanding of present political, socio-economic and cultural developments in the Caucasus region;
  • demonstrate knowledge of existent research on topical empirical issues related to the Post-Soviet development in the Caucasus region.
Skills and abilities
After finishing the course, the student shall be able to:
  • apply obtained knowledge of the geographical, political, socio-economic and cultural characteristics of the Caucasus region as tools in further analyses of empirical reports as well as theoretical works on the region.
  • interpret current political, socio-economic and cultural processes in the region.
Critical skills and approach
After finishing the course, the student shall:
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate sources and assess bias in material used as empirical evidence.

Assessments

Assessments are based on mandatory assignments, group or individual on-line presentations and essay questions.
There are two resubmission possibilities for failed assignments/ presentation/ essay questions. Each examination moment will be resubmitted in the same form as the original examination.

Course content

The course offers an introduction to the Caucasus region, including geography, its ethnic groups and languages, demographic dynamics, history and recent political developments. It focuses on problems within the Caucasus region related to the transition from Soviet power to democracy and market relations in the Post-Soviet period.
The course is divided into two 7,5 ECTS modules:
1. Introduction to the Caucasus Region
2. Post-Soviet developments in the Caucasus

Learning activities

  • online lectures
  • online forum discussions
  • mandatory assignments
  • interactive exercises
  • independent reading
  • individual studies

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Entire course
The web-based course literature is accessible at Malmö University library to enrolled students.
Azerbaijan Profile (2006/April). World of Information Cambridge, England: Walden Publishing Ltd, 2006. (10 p.)
site.ebrary.com/lib/malmoe/Doc?id=10121020&ppg=1
Coene, F. The Caucasus: an introduction. Routledge, 2009 (255 p.)
www.dawsonera.com.support.mah.se/depp/reader/protected/external/AbstractView/S9780203870716/S69.67/2
Georgia Profile (2006/April). World of Information Cambridge, England:, Walden Publishing Ltd; 2006. (7 p.)
site.ebrary.com/lib/malmoe/Doc?id=10121007&ppg=1
Ghokay, Bhulent. Politics of Caspian Oil. Gordonsville, VA, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001. (p.1-50)
site.ebrary.com.support.mah.se/lib/malmoe/docDetail.action?docID=10062343
Malek, M. The South Caucasus at the Crossroads: Ethno-territorial Conflicts, Russian Interests, and the Access to Energy Resources. In: G. Hauser & F. Kernic (eds.), European security in transition. Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006., (p.145-160).
site.ebrary.com.support.mah.se/lib/malmoe/docDetail.action?docID=10211295
Phillips, D.L. Stability, security and sovereignty in the Republic of Georgia: rapid response conflict prevention assessment, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Preventative Action; David L. Phillips, New York, NY: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 2004. (29 p.) (available online)
Peimani, H. General Overview of the Caucasian and the Central Asian Countries at the Time of Independence. In: Failed Transition, Bleak Future? War and Instability in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002, (7-24.)
site.ebrary.com.support.mah.se/lib/malmoe/docDetail.action?docID=10023330
Zuidema, L. & D. Bigman (Ed.). Globalization and the Developing Countries: Emerging Strategies for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation.
Wallingford, Oxon, GBR: CABI Publishing, 2002. (p. 259-274)
site.ebrary.com/lib/malmoe/Doc?id=10185871&ppg=275
The course uses additional online resourses and articles of approx, 150 + 200 pages, for the two modules respectively.
Reference literature
Minahan, J. One Europe, Many Nations : A Historical Dictionary of European National Groups, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000
http:site.ebrary.com.support.mah.se/lib/malmoe/docDetail.action?docID=10017990
Dalby, A. Dictionary of Languages. Huntingdon, , GBR: A & C Black, 2006.
http:
site.ebrary.com/lib/malmoe/Doc?id=10196649&ppg=72
McCauley, M. Who's Who in Russia since 1900. London, GBR: Routledge, 1997.
http://site.ebrary.com/lib/malmoe/Doc?id=10057209&ppg=6

Course evaluation

All students are given the opportunity to comment the course at the end of the term in an online survey. A compilation of the results will be available on the university computer net. Students are also given the opportunity to offer feedback at various points earlier in the term.

Contact

Further information

Karina Vamling, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-66 57391
E-mail: karina.vamling@mah.se


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Language and Linguistics.