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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title War and Peace in South Asia
Module Code LG599
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eileen Connolly
Semester 2: Eileen Connolly
Autumn: Eileen Connolly
Module TeachersEileen Connolly
Iain McMenamin
Kenneth McDonagh
Jivanta Schottli
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Both the essay and book review can be repeated if not passed at first attempt

India is today one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It has a nuclear arsenal, a vast professional army and a billion-plus population, of which more than 50% is under the age of 25. A multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy, the country has emerged as a regional power and global actor. However, more than seven decades of Independence later, the region of South Asia continues to be among the poorest and least integrated in the world; India remains locked in conflict with nuclear rival, Pakistan and the border with China is one of the longest disputed borders in the world. This course will equip students with the knowledge and theoretical tool-kit to analyse the compulsions behind, and constraints to India's foreign policy; the implications of its rise for regional and international politics and the prospects for India in the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate the Role and Power of India at a Regional and International Level
2. Apply Concepts and Theories of Foreign Policy Analysis to India's Foreign Policy
3. Understand the Domestic and External Sources of India's Foreign Policy
4. Compare and Contrast International Relations Theories
5. Describe the key ideas and institutions that inform India's foreign policy thinking and behaviour

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study228Reading for class discussions Library work Reading Preparation for and writing of essays
Total Workload: 250

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

Foundations of India's Foreign Policy I: Individuals, Ideas and Institutions

Foundations of India's Foreign Policy II: Conflict and War

Foundations of India's Foreign Policy III: The Limits to Power

The Making of India's Foreign Policy I: the Economy

The Making of India's Foreign Policy II: Nuclearization and the Balance of Power in South Asia

The Making of India's Foreign Policy III: Enduring Rivalry with China

The Making of India's Foreign Policy IV: Relations with USA

Regional Power, Global Power I: India and the New Geopolitics of South Asia

Regional Power, Global Power II: India's Contribution to Global Governance

Regional Power, Global Power III: The Challenge of Strategic Autonomy

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentEssay of not more than 3000 words long.70%n/a
Assignment1 book review paper of 2000 words, and two questions based on the weekly readings each week.30%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

  • Malone, D. et al (Eds): 2015, The Oxford handbook of Indian foreign policy, Oxford University Press,
  • Hudson, V.M.: 2014, Foreign policy analysis: classic and contemporary theory, Rowman & Littlefield Publisher,
  • Raja Mohan: 2004, Crossing the Rubicon: the shaping of India's new foreign policy, Palgrave Macmillan,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
IMSISSIntnl. Master Security Intelligence
MIRMA in International Relations
MISCMA in International Security & Conflict

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