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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Fall 2008

REE 302 • Introduction to Central Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45635 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
BUR 216
Buckley

Course Description

The course is divided into three sections. In the first section, we will focus on, "What is Central Asia?", familiarizing ourselves with the basic geography and social settings in the region. In the second section we will focus on, how can we analyze the region sociologically?, highlighting issues of basic social theory and comparative analysis. The third section of the course turns to the question, Why does Central Asia matter?, providing participants with the opportunity to link what we have learned about the region and social theory into evaluating global issues concerning citizenship rights, gender, ethnicity, poverty, and religion. The course will conclude with an assessment of how social theory can assist our understanding of Central Asia, and how the countries of Central Asia inform and challenge social theory.

Grading Policy

Two In Class Mid Term (40% (20% each)) Final Examination (30%) Participation (10%) Short Papers/Film Reviews (20%)

Texts

1. Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia by Adeeb Khalid 2. Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present by Jeff Sahadeo and Russell Zanca 3. Course Packet readings posted on Blackboard and available in hard copy 4. Many over views, maps, and links to useful web sites can be found on the course webpage through Blackboard. 5. We will view a minimum of 3 films this semester during class. In the case of films longer than the class period, they will be shown on Monday evenings for extra credit (beginning at 7 pm), location and specific dates to be announced. For those unable to attend such screening due to scheduling conflicts please notify the instructor and when possible, alternative arrangements will be made.

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