SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

South Asia Beyond India

Module Code:
158000214
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
5
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 1

This module is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to the historical and sociological factors that contribute to politics in South Asia. The module takes a country-specific and a comparative approach, It focuses on comparisons between states around South Asia, particularly, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and (time permitting) Bhutan and the Maldives. On several occasions, we examine these countries from a comparative perspective that also includes India.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of South Asian politics – its historical trajectories and major themes as well as similarities and differences across countries
  • Critically engage with the scholarly approaches relevant to an understanding of South Asian politics as well as important debates in the theoretical and historical literature.
  • Construct arguments that demonstrate knowledge of specific cases as well as general theories, combining empirical detail with theoretical analysis

Workload

This module will be taught over 10 weeks with:

  • 1 hour lecture per week
  • 1 hour tutorial per week

Method of assessment

Assignment 1: Critical Reading 30%
Assignment 2: Research Essay 70%

Suggested reading

  • Bose, Sugata and Ayesha Jalal, Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy, 1998.
  • (J954 /902971)
  • Brown, Judith, Modern India: The Origins of an Asian Democracy, 1985
  • Brass, Paul R. The Politics of India since Independence, second edition 1994.
  • Corbridge, S. and J. Harriss, Reinventing India: Liberalization, Hindu Nationalism and Popular Democracy,

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