Curricular Modules

The Post-Western World:

The Role of Russia and Central Asia

A curricular module designed for the Grades 9-12 Classroom to investigate the contours of Russia and Central Asia in the emerging post-Western/multipolar era.

The world is changing, and the idea of an international order led by the United States and based on democracy and human rights is coming into question. This change can be seen in Central Asia, where Russia, China, and the United States vie for influence over the former Soviet Republics in the region.

This curricular module, designed for Grade 9-12 Classrooms, investigates the contours of Russia and Central Asia in the emerging post-Western/multipolar era. The book Great Games, Local Rules  (Oxford University Press, 2012) by Prof. Alexander Cooley (Barnard College) was used as a basis for the module, and selected readings from the book can be used to support the module.

The purpose of the module is to familiarize students with the countries of Central Asia, with the concept of “international governance” and the role of the great powers operating in the region, and with how all of these countries interact with each other. It includes a background essay to familiarize you with concepts covered in the module; a list of core competencies, course objectives, and lesson outline; an example of a lecture module on Uzbekistan designed to familiarize students with one of the countries of Central Asia and which can be adapted to the other Central Asian countries; several examples of classroom activities to reinforce the module’s concepts; video resources to supplement lesson plans; and an interview with Professor Alexander Cooley