- 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
India is one of the most dynamic and complex countries in the world. As the world's largest democracy, and as home to many of the globe's poorest inhabitants, India commands attention. This course embraces the complexities and contradictions of India through a deep engagement with current debates on the key issues, including: How has democracy survived in India? What explains the rise to power of the Hindu nationalist BJP? Why has India fallen behind China economically? What are the causes of the Maoist rebellion in the Indian countryside? Understanding the politics, economics, and society of India demands a combination of factual knowledge, as well as strong analytical and interpretive abilities. Taking comparative politics as the basic analytical framework, the course will draw on range of source materials, including recently published works in political science, history, economics, social anthropology, and journalism to frame and understand political developments in India.
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 India and the public debates surrounding them;
- Interpret and utilize multiple approaches and types of knowledge to inform their arguments about politics and society in India;
- Employ appropriate concepts and methods to compare political, social, and economic developments in India with its neighbours;
- Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.
Critical Discussion: Students will be graded on the quality of their participation in seminar discussion - 10% [LO 2,4].
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 seminar - 6 x 400 words - 30% [LO 2,3,4].
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% [LO 1,4].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% [LO 1, 3, 4].
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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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