PIR-20096 - Understanding Contemporary South Asia
Coordinator: Monalisa Adhikari
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This module provides an introduction to the social, political and economic transformation in South Asia including the liberalisation of economy, processes of democratisation as well as demographic challenges. Drawing on materials from different disciplinary backgrounds, from politics, economics, foreign policy, sociology and anthropology, this course introduces students to key concepts and debates in South Asian Studies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Discuss the theoretical and empirical debates surrounding the politics, history and international relations of South Asia: 1,2
Compare and contrast patterns of competition, cooperation and conflict between South Asian nations: 1,2
Critically analyse the constraints of regionalism in South Asia: 2
Critically analyse relations between South Asian nations: 2

Study hours

10 Hours Lectures
10 Hours Seminars
20 Hours preparation for group presentation
50 Hours research and preparation for the essay
60 Hours seminar preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Group Presentation weighted 30%
Group Presentation
A fifteen- minute group presentation with 3-4 students on any topic of relevance to the core themes of the module. The presentation should clearly outline the division of labour among the group members and a handout that summarises their findings. The presentations will take place in the tutorials. Peer assessment will be used to moderate the individual marks on the presentations.

2: Essay weighted 70%
Students will produce one 3000-word essay on a choice from a range of questions covering the major themes of the module.