PSC/IR 266 South Asian Politics

Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every other year

Avidit Acharya
Spring 2014 ("W" Optional) — T 14:00-16:40

Course Syllabus

South Asia has more than 1.7 billion inhabitants, and is one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the world. This course explores the regional politics of South Asia, focusing on the domestic politics of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh. We will also discuss the relations of each of these countries with their neighbors and the rest of the world. The course will begin with a discussion of colonial legacies, and the paths of economic and political development in the post-colonial era. We will end with an in-depth study of contemporary political regimes in South Asia, party politics, and the religious and ethnic tensions that continue to plague the subcontinent in modern times.