PSCI 255
Comparative Politics of South Asia Fall 2023
Division II
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South Asia is home to around 2 billion people (over 24% of the world), making it the most populous and densely populated region in the world. The region is also one of the poorest in the world and lags in human development. Ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity is offset by common cultural traditions and practices that serve to unite the people of the Indian Subcontinent. The course introduces students to the comparative politics of South Asia, highlighting the complexities and potential of the region. Every week we explore a different component of South Asian politics. The course covers the creation of the states of modern South Asia, partition and independence, democratization, electoral politics and political parties, economic and social development, ethnic identity and conflict, and the contemporary regional challenges of democratic backsliding and climate change.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1981
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5-7 page papers or one research paper; presentation; class participation
Prerequisites: no pre-requisites
Enrollment Preferences: preference given to political science majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: GBST South + Southeast Asia Studies
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