Politics of South Asia Beyond India
- Start date
- End date
- Year of study
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Term 1
- Module code
- FHEQ Level
- Department of Politics and International Studies
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
- 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
This module will be taught over 10 weeks with:
- 2 hour seminar per week.
Method of assessment
Assignment 1: Critical Reading 30%
Assignment 2: Research Essay 70%
- 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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