School of Politics and International Relations

POL319 Politics of South Asia

(POL319B - Spring)

Level: 6

Semester: A

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Chatterjee

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: None

Compulsory for: None

Associate Availability: Full Year and Autumn only


South Asia is home to almost one in every four people alive today. It is the world’s fastest-growing region and boasts the world’s largest democracy. Yet it also contains one-third of the world’s poor, and societies divided by religion, caste, class, language, gender, and region. This course will provide an in-depth survey of the politics, political economy, and international relations of the major South Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. By the end of the course, students will be able to contribute to key debates on democratization, economic development, identity politics, and nuclear-armed conflict in the region.

Assessment: 1 x group presentation (15 minutes) (20%), 1 x essay 1000 words (30%) and 1 x essay 2000 words (50%)