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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title The Politics of South Asia
Module Code LG365
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jivanta Schottli
Semester 2: Jivanta Schottli
Autumn: Jivanta Schottli
Module TeachersJivanta Schottli
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to key issues in the politics of inter-state relations in South Asia. The course will be divided into three sections covering (1) the creation of borders and states (2) the end of the Cold War and its impact on the region and, (3) South Asia's role in the global economy and international relations. The course will provide students with an understanding of the distinctive culture and context of South Asia. At the same time, it will focus on the general theoretical and conceptual tools that help us evaluate and analyse the politics of South Asia.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the politics of state formation in South Asia
2. Describe the dynamics and tensions of inter-state relations in South Asia
3. Define the main challenges facing South Asian countries in the 21st Century
4. Application of theory and concepts to explain and understand politics in South Asia

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Emergence of Modern India and Pakistan: Independence and Partition

War and Conflict in South Asia: India-Pakistan and India-China relations

The Cold War in South Asia

The Creation of Bangladesh

Sri Lanka and the Civil War

India's Emergence as a Power

Regional Integration in South Asia

South Asia and the Global Economy

New Geopolitics of South Asia

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayOne essay not exceeding 2,500 words in length.55%n/a
Report(s)Three short reports, 500-700 words each, based on the three parts of the course.45%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Jalal, Ayesha: 1995, Democracy and authoritarianism in South Asia: a comparative and historical perspective, 1 and 2, Cambridge University Press,
  • Shastri, Amita; Wilson, A. Jeyaratnam: 2001, The Post-colonial states of South Asia: democracy, development, and identity, Palgrave,
  • Kapur, S. Paul; Ganguly, Sumit: 2009, Nuclear proliferation in South Asia: crisis behaviour and the bomb, Routledge,
  • Stephen Philip Cohen: 2002, India: emerging power,
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