HIAB00681U Society of Modern India and South Asia
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 and the state, economic development, 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. Apart from the general reading and preparations for the course, there will be one or two small home assignments to complete.
The final evaluation of the course will take the form of a free written assignment (13-15 pages) with external examination.
Det moderne Indien og Sydasiens samfund (fagelementkode HIAB00681E)
Brass, P. R. (2010). Routledge handbook of South Asian politics : India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. London, Routledge. [Paperback edition published August 2013]
Malik, Y. K. and Y. K. Malik (2009). Government and politics in South Asia. Boulder, Colo.
London, Westview Press
Supplementary reading and reference material
For contemporary political issue see especially:
International Crisis Group Reports (www.crisisgroup.org)
Economic and Political Weekly (www.epw.in)
Himal Southasian (www.himalmag.com)
For historical references you might go back to Guha, R. (2007). India after Gandhi: the history of the world's largest democracy. See also Ludden, D. (2002). India and South Asia: a short history. Oxford, Oneworld.
- 15 ECTS
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