Political Science | Comparative Politics
Y657 | 29059 | Fierman

Topic: Post Soviet Central Asia:  Identity, Demography, Language and
Social Issues

Class open to graduates only.  Consent of instructor is
required    e-mail: wfierman@indiana.edu

Class meets with CEUS  R 529

This graduate colloquium will focus on a variety of cultural social,
and economic issues since 1991 in the five former Soviet republics
that emerged as independent countries in Central Asia. Issues to be
examined include the following: creation of national identities—
e.g., language  policy, policy towards Islam, and rewriting of
history. The course will also include discussion of education,
health, poverty, environmental problems, and gender issues.  The
course will not focus on the political systems of the Central Asian
countries. Each meeting will be devoted to a different topic,
generally covering all of Central Asia.  As we look at each topic,
our main focus will be the similarities and differences among the
newly independent states of Central Asia; however, we will also
consider similarities and differences between Central Asia and other
regions of the former USSR.
Students enrolled in this class should already have some familiarity
with Central Asia and/or political, economic, and social issues in
other post-Soviet countries.  (If you lack background on both of
these areas, this is probably not the appropriate course for you.)
Readings will be available electronically through the e-reserves.
Most of the readings in these packets will be chapters of books,
scholarly articles, reports by international organizations, and
brief news reports or analyses.
GRADING: The course grade will be calculated with 30% based on class
participation, 35% based on weekly short papers, and 35% based on
the major paper.