Politics and Society in the South Caucasus
Айвазян Анна Степановна
- To provide students with understanding of key issues in political and societal transformations in South Caucasus countries
- To help students develop critical thinking on the politics and society in South Caucasus, and acquire knowledge of driving forces and political, economic, social and cultural factors in present and future development of the region
- is able to critically analyse current political and societal situation in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
- has an overview of historic and political background of all the three countries
- understands the role of different global actors in the region
- develops knowledge of ethnic conflicts and conflict resolution in the South Caucasus
- understands the role of tradition and informality institutions, culture, religion in South Caucasian countries
- South Caucasus in the Russian Empire. Political transformations and nation-building in the Soviet period
- Newly independent: in search for a political trajectory
- National identity and state-building
- Ethnic conflicts and conflict resolution (I)
- Ethnic conflicts and conflict resolution (II)
- Tradition and informality
- Gender and family
- Role of religion
- Migration and diasporas
- Democracy, good governance, human rights promotion: role of external actors, limitations
- Integration projects in the region: dividing lines and existing formats
- In-class participationAssessment will be based on attendance, preparation of readings, participation in class discussion with the focus on qualitative contribution to the discussion, ability to answer questions based on the readings, come up with own interpretations and react to comments made by other students.
- PresentationEach tutorial (starting from the week 2) will commence by a presentation prepared by a small group of students (up to 4 students per group). During the first tutorial, students should propose for approval by the instructor: 1) composition of their groups; 2) topics for their presentations based on the topics/readings for the tutorials; 3) outlines of their presentations. These presentations will function as basis for further class discussion. Therefore, presenters are supposed to cover mandatory and optional readings and, preferably, use other non-assigned sources for their analysis on the chosen topic in order to make a genuinely original contribution.
- Mid-term paper (1000-1500 words)For this mid-term assignment, students need to write an analytical commentary on a recent political or societal development in Armenia, Azerbaijan or Georgia. Topic needs to be approved by the instructor by the week 3. The mid-term paper is due by the tutorial 6.
- Exam (Final paper, 3000 words)The final paper should relate to any aspect of the course. It can be a critical review of the existing literature on a specific topic, or an original piece of research (format and topic need to be approved by the instructor by the week 4). The final paper is due 10 days prior to the exam period in the module 4.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.25 * Exam (Final paper, 3000 words) + 0.25 * In-class participation + 0.25 * Mid-term paper (1000-1500 words) + 0.25 * Presentation
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