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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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IPOL 423 - Pol & Soc in Modern South Asia
This course is a semester-long introduction to politics and society in
the Indian subcontinent, now termed “South Asia.” Over the next
fourteen weeks, we will draw on classic and contemporary scholarship
across the disciplines of history, anthropology, sociology, economics
and political science to gain a critical understanding of major
political themes and issues in the region, in terms of actual events
and processes as well as the interpretive debates around them. In
doing so, we shall inquire into the nature of the postcolonial state
and its institutions, state-society relations, modernization,
secularism, the politics of identity, and the political economy of
development in South Asia.

Overall, this course seeks to accomplish three major goals:

1.      To survey the historical antecedents of postcolonial South
Asia in order to appreciate the pre-colonial and colonial legacies

2.      To understand the critical changes in subcontintental politics
inaugurated by the formation of the modern nation-states of India,
Pakistan, and Bangladesh

3.      To grasp contemporary political currents and trends across the region

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

International Politics Department

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