Imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender
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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…
- Critical engagement with interdisciplinary approaches to Pakistan Studies.
- Familiarity with contemporary critical and historical debates on Pakistan, especially postcolonial perspectives.
- A critical understanding of the concepts of culture and gender with reference to specific Pakistani contexts.
- Advanced oral and written skills for the communication of relevant ideas, concepts and arguments.
- An ability to undertake independent research and pursue several pathways in Pakistan Studies.
Total of 22 weeks teaching with 1.5 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
The course will consider the history, politics and culture of Pakistan, including the role of Islam and gender in the state. The course will begin with a contextualisation of the historic creation of Pakistan. The core of the course will concentrate on developments since the founding of Pakistan in 1947: history, politics, relations between Islam, gender and the state, the writings of an international body of scholars on culture in Pakistan, its manifestations through the media, literature and film. It is an ideal core course for the MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan as it provides students with the skills and knowledge to study Pakistan beyond the stereotypes of current public understandings. In the MA South Asian Area Studies, MA Languages and Cultures of South Asia and MA Postcolonial Studies it provides a much needed regional option on Pakistan.
Method of assessment
One three-hour written examination paper taken in May/June (50%); one essay of 3,500 words to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 2 (20%); one essay of 3,500 to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3 (20%); one 15-minute presentation on an assigned topic (10%).
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