Politics in Modern South Asia

Course content

The course provides a general introduction to the government and the political relations between state and society in South Asia. During the course students will become acquainted with the political systems of the South Asian countries and introduced to discussions about democracy, nationalism, state, cultural pluralism and identity politics.

The course combines a general introduction to the countries with a number of cross-cutting themes (see thematic outline below). The lessons will combine short lectures with group work and student presentations.

Education

Curriculum for the BA programme in Modern India and South Asian Studies, the 2015 Curriculum and

Curriculum for the BA programme in Modern India and South Asian Studies, the 2012 Curriculum and

Curriculum for the Elective Studies in Modern India and South Asia Studies, the 2012 Curriculum

Learning outcome

BA 2015-ordning:
Det moderne Sydasiens politik (fagelementkode HIAB00831E)

BA 2012-ordning:
Det moderne Indien og Sydasiens samfund (fagelementkode HIAB00681E)

BA Tilvalg 2012-ordning:
Det moderne Indien og Sydasiens samfund (fagelementkode HIAB10021E)

The course involves 6 lessons per week for 14 weeks. Readings amount to 120-150 pages per week.

The curriculum for the course consists of a varied mixture of articles and books spanning several disciplines (history, anthropology, comparative politics etc.) and various central themes. The mandatory texts for the individual sessions are detailed in the course plan below. Additional suggested readings for each theme are listed at the end of the document. It is a good idea to acquire the following textbook:

Guneratne, A., & Weiss, A. M. (Eds.). (2013). Pathways to Power: The Domestic Politics of South Asia: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Reference material

On contemporary political issue see:
International Crisis Group Reports (www.crisisgroup.org) Economic and Political Weekly (www.epw.in)
Himal Southasian (www.himalmag.com)
Seminar (www.india-seminar.com)

For a good introduction to the political history of India, see the NCERT textbook for political science class XII: “Politics in India Since Independence” ( http://ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm?leps2=0-9

 

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • English
  • 412,5