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POLI 329. POLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: POLI 203 or POLI 204 or permission of instructor.
Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
This course examines the complex and dynamic regions of South Asia. Constituting nearly a fourth of all humanity and hosting almost half of the world’s poor, the subcontinent is a region where histories, geographies and politics intertwine. The course introduces students to the political evolution of the region and to the major scholarly debates on the countries of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Particular emphasis is placed on colonial legacies, nationalism and histories of state formation as well as political institutions and their evolution. Other topics may include democracy and dictatorship, socio-cultural diversity and ethnic conflicts, regionalism, communalism and linguistic politics, development and security concerns.