- Code ASIA2109
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Political Sciences, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Central Asia Studies More...
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
South Asia is one of the world’s most complex and dynamic regions. Extending from Afghanistan in the north to Sri Lanka in the south, it is home to distinctive political undercurrents, enduring military conflicts, and rapidly changing societies. Understanding this region demands a combination of factual knowledge, as well as strong analytical and interpretive abilities. Rather than conduct a broad but superficial survey of each country, this casts a critical eye on standard narratives of development and progress in the region. The seminar embraces the complexities and contradictions of South Asia through a deep engagement with current debates on the key political issues of the moment. Taking comparative politics as the basic analytical framework, the class will draw on range of contemporary materials, including recently published works in political science, economics, social anthropology, and journalism, as well as films and documentaries to frame and understand politics in the region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Understand the key political and social issues in contemporary South Asia and the public debates surrounding them;
- Interpret and utilize multiple approaches and types of knowledge to inform their arguments about politics and society in South Asia;
- Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.
1. Introductory lecture: South Asian political development in context
2. Development and its Discontents in India
3. Ideology and Identity in Indian Politics
4. Tribal Politics and the Maoist Insurgency
Pakistan and Bangladesh
5. Pakistan: A Hard Country?
6. Politics of Bangladesh
The Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier
7. The Afghan Civil Wars
8. After 9/11
Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
9. The Emergence of the Tamil Tigers
10. The End-Game
Bhutan and Nepal
11. Between China and India
ConclusionSouth Asian politics in perspective
Critical Discussion: Students will be graded on the quality of their participation in seminar discussion - 10% (2,3.
Reading Response Papers: To facilitate discussion in seminars, students are expected to prepare a response paper (c. 300-500 words) on one theme raised by that week’s material in advance of the semina - 6 x 400 words - 30% (2,3.
Seminar Presentation: One or two students (depending on numbers) will be asked to make presentations each week on the various sources consulted in the course. Students can prepare a short Powerpoint, Smartboard, Prezi, video, or other presentation of the material - 20% (1,3).Critical Essay: The final written assignment is a critical essay related to one of the issues covered in class. Students required to make readers familiar with the issue in a short space of time, set out an argument, and provide evidence to justify their view, all in clear, jargon-free prose - 2000 words - 40% (1, 3).
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Areas of Interest
- Arab and Islamic Studies
- Political Sciences
- Asian Studies
- Asia Pacific Studies
- Central Asia Studies
- Asia-Pacific Studies
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