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Semester 1

South Asia: Culture, Politics and the Economy (SAST10001)


South Asian Studies





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Visiting Students must have previously taken at least 3 Social Science courses and achieved grade B, or above. Students are not permitted to take this course alongside South Asia: Culture, Politics and the Economy (SCIL10070).

Course Summary

South Asia today is not only geo-politically significant but has risen to global prominence as an important locale for burgeoning economic growth and development, cultural production and nation building. This course provides a theoretical framework and empirical illustrations to make this complex region both accessible and better understood. The teaching is multi-disciplinary, providing a unique mix of sociological and anthropological approaches to the region.

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to key issues, concepts and processes in South Asia. The course is team-taught and research-led and offers insights into contemporary social dynamics in South Asia. The course involves one-hour long lecture and one seminar session every week. All students are expected to do the assigned readings in advance and arrive fully prepared to participate. The course varies year on year but a typical syllabus covers the following themes: 1. Introduction 2. Partition and its legacy 3. Caste 4. Health 5. Politics and Diversity 6. Hindu Nationalism 7. Civil war in Sri Lanka 8. Gender and Family

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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