American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Syllabi Fall 2016
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Syllabi Fall 2016

12
Dec
Writing in Political Theory
Course descriptionPolitical Theory is a distinct sub-field within the academic discipline of Political Science. Political theorists tend to focus on philosophical side of the investigation of the nature of politics rather than make empirical claims. This course will prepare you to start reading, thinking and writing like political theorists by urging you to consider why, how and for whom such texts are produced. You will engage in Socratic critique of the classical texts in political theory and will learn the principles of the ‘art’ of rhetoric as once outlined by Aristotle. The course also gives you some ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing in English language thus enabling you to write on political theory in different formats for various audiences and purposes.
12
Dec
Public Policy Analisys
Course Description
The course is designed to introduce students to main policy processes and issues, and familiarize them with basic policy analysis instruments. The course is divided into three parts – conceptual, contextual and instrumental parts of policy and policy analysis. Reading assigned literature and discussing them in the class would constitute the major part of the course, writing and presenting papers – another part. One of each week’s class would be conducted in the form of lecture with discussions of presented materials, while the second day (seminar) would be devoted to discussing the assigned materials and exploring discussed concepts through the lenses of specific policy cases. Although instructors would bring these cases to the class students are expected to come prepared with their own practical examples. Students have to get acquainted with required readings, and those wishing to deepen their understanding of the subject may familiarize themselves with suggested readings (available either at AUCA library) in the syllabus.
12
Dec
International Organizations
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Why do international organizations exist?  What role do they play in solving global problems? Traditional international relations theories characterize the international system as anarchic and focus on interactions between nation-states. Since WWII, international organizations have become more prominent players in the international system. Debate continues in academic and policy communities over why international organizations exist, whether they matter in global politics, and when they can help alleviate global problems. Both in their practical and theoretical aspects, international organizations (IOs) are a dynamic and increasingly important element in the functioning of modern world politics.
                                                    
12
Dec
The International Politics of the Middle East
Course description
This course combines International Relations theory and Middle East case studies to provide an overview of the international politics of the region. It will provide students with both theoretical and concrete information, organised around major topics and illustrated with case studies of key issues and events in regional politics. Topics include the place of the Middle East in the wider global system; the role of Arabism and Islam in regional politics; the impact of state formation in the region on its international relations; comparative foreign policy making looking at pivotal country cases, including Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey; major regional wars and efforts at order building; the role of US hegemony and the two Iraq wars; the impact of the Arab Uprising on regional politics, and the on-going crisis in Syria.
12
Dec
REGIME SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY OF KYRGYZSTAN
Course Description
Kyrgyzstan is an interesting example of a relatively weak state, which for its brief period of independence has already ousted two presidents, experienced two revolutions, survived two interethnic conflicts and yet remained intact. This book explores this apparent paradox and argues that the schism between domestic and international dimensions of state and regime security is key to understanding the nature of Kyrgyz politics. The book shows how the foreign policy links to the Manas Air Base, used by the US military and essential for supplying their forces in Afghanistan, the economic arrangements necessary for sustaining the base, both inside and outside Kyrgyzstan, and the myriad of different actors involved in all this, combined to overshadow points of friction to ensure stable continuance of the status quo. Overall, the book shows how broad geopolitical forces and complex local factors together have a huge impact on the formation of Kyrgyz foreign policy.
12
Dec
Political Economy of Development/ Korea and East Asia
Description of the course
 The course introduces concepts of development through the prism of political economy and with particular focus on East Asia (and Korea particularly). There is also a special emphasis on interregional comparison of East Asia and Central Asia both in terms of their developments as well as on connections between the two regions in terms of development. The course uses examples of connection between East Asia and Central Asia in trade, investment and development. 
12
Dec
Korea in International Relations
Course outline
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the international relations of East Asia. The course is divided in two parts. The first provides an overview to the region. An overview of East Asia during the 20th and early 21st centuries is provided: Attention is paid to state formation, regime types, democratization, and political culture. The second part covers developments in the international politics of East Asia since the end of the Cold War. Here the interplay between external and regional powers is analyzed, alongside the foreign policies of the main actors in the region. Special attention is also given to trends in Asian regionalism (politics, security, economy).
12
Dec
Internship
Course Description
The Department of International and Comparative Politics considers internships as an important opportunity for students to apply their theoretical knowledge in practical setting, acquire additional knowledge and skills relevant to the field of ICP. ICP department grants academic credits for a completed internship given all relevant requirements listed below are properly met. 
12
Dec
Introduction to International Relations
COURSE CONTENT
The subject matter of International Relations includes some of the most pressing problems of humanlife – first and foremost the question whether war and conflict really are an inevitable part of thehuman condition, or whether and how stable peace can be found. Other important questions includewhether we are all part of a common humanity or whether cultural differences keep us apart. In fact,IR deals with these big questions and many more besides, from traditional diplomacy to globalization,from international economic relations to the question of humanitarian intervention. In thisintroduction to International Relations (IR) students will acquire an understanding of internationalrelations and how they are reflected in the discipline of IR. The course introduce the main theoreticalapproaches – while this is not a theory course, IR is a very theoretical discipline and a goodunderstanding of what is being discussed in other parts of the course depends on a basic grasp of thesetheoretical schools and the very different views of the world they represent.
12
Dec
Foreign Policy Analisys
COURSE CONTENT
Foreign Policy Analysis investigates the processes involved in foreign policy decisionmaking.It requires an understanding of the contexts, pressures and constraints withwhich foreign policy-makers have to deal and the ability to engage in comparativeanalysis without losing a sense of historical context. The course is largely theoretical.Individual cases will be touched mainly for discussion purposes, but the major themessuch as foreign policy decision-making process, influences on foreign policy, types offoreign policy actors etc. are approached from conceptual aspect.


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