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Course Description : South Asia is assuming increasing importance in world politics in the post-Cold war era. The region's signiﬁcance has grown considerably since 9/11. It is host to one of the world's most intractable multilateral disputes. The objective of this course is to establish a grid of analysis on the interrelations between the South Asian neighbours and about the construction of South Asian identity/ identities through a study of some of the biggest conﬂicts in the region. By analysing actors' interests through the application of international relations theory, the aim is to decipher the motivations and intentions of the parties to the conﬂict. Towards the end of the seminar, the class will attempt to ‘test' theories within the framework of case studies and answer a research question through methodological research. At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Identify conﬂicts and its causes in contemporary South Asia ; 2°) Discuss the impacts of these conﬂicts on the rest of the world ; 3°) To analyse a conﬂict and propose possible ways to ﬁnd a solution. Required reading : Mohan Malik, “The China Factor in the India-Pakistan Conﬂict”, Asia Paciﬁc Center for Security Studies, nov 2012.
nomic and Political Weekly (“EPW”) ; Frontline ; Seminar ; Caravan, The Open Magazine. Several academic journals are worth mentioning : India Review ; Contemporary South Asia ; SAMAJ ; Indian Survey ; Studies in Indian Politics etc. Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : To validate the course, each student will be evaluated on : 1°) A 10 minutes presentation that a group of two students is expected to make, starting from the third class. The presentation will include a brief press review on the topic approached in one of the sessions and is expected to formulate a research question. (40 percent of the ﬁnal grade) 2°) Class attendance, participation and discussion of the readings. Students will be encouraged to interact with both lecturers and participate as much as possible during the class. (20 percent) 3°) A written essay (4,000-6,000 words). Students will answer the research question outlined in the presentation ; the topic will be chosen with the advice and consent of the lecturers. (40 percent) Pedagogical Method : At the end of the course : 1°) Students will have solid introductory knowledge of India's political and social realities. Students will have to read carefully one compulsory text (~10-30 pages) per session. A reader will be made available to the students at the beginning of the semester. 2°) Students will be able to frame a research question, identify the relevant literature in order to produce an academically sound research paper. 3°) Students will be able to use India as a case study in order to assess the validity and the limits of fundamental academic concepts of political science, political geography and political sociology. Course Description : This course aims at providing students with an introductory understanding of India's remarkable political and social transformations since its independence in 1947. The country's 70 year-journey amidst adverse economic conditions has indeed constituted a unique moment in the adventure of a political idea : democracy. The course will interrogate India's democratic resilience as well as its secular and federal character while introducing some of the develop187
CONTEMPORARY INDIAN POLITICS
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Xavier HOUDOY (PhD student), Jean-Thomas MARTELLI (PhD Student). Prerequisite : The course requires no prerequisite knowledge about South Asia, but does imply a willingness to read the suggested material covering the various ﬁelds of political science, geography, sociology, history and economy. Students will be encouraged to interact with both lecturer and participate as much as possible during the class. In order to have a sense of India's cu