- Code ASIA2267
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course is intended to provide an overview of contemporary India and its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. The course begins with ancient and medieval Indian history and the religions of India, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam. The bulk of the course is concerned with the present situation in India, and will include sections on politics and nationalism, sectarian and religious conflicts, tensions and separatist movements, economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalisation of the economy, the role of the middle class in shaping the present economic climate and the future development of trade relations with other countries, and demographics. In addition, we will examine India's role in South Asian politics and security issues relating to its neighbours, particularly Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in contemporary Asia and its potential importance for Australia, particularly in terms of business and politics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
The main goal of the course is to provide a broad grounding in the current situation in India and the history behind it. By the end of the course, students should have a good understanding of the relation of languages to state formation, the major doctrines of India’s religions, an overview of the economy and the political system, and the major players in current events in India.
Two examinations (35% each), Tutorial performance (30%).
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32 Contact hours per semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Farmer, B. H, Introduction to South Asia, Routledge 1993.
Oldenburg, P, India Briefing, 1995.
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