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Sunila S. Kale
SISA 200
Seattle Campus

Contemporary India and Pakistan

Interdisciplinary introduction to the field of South Asian Studies. Overview of the topographic, social, and linguistic geography and history of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Examines politics, economy, social structure, religion, cultural production and the arts, popular culture, and transnationalism.

Class description

SISA 200 is a survey course that introduces students to contemporary India and Pakistan. By the end of the quarter, students will be familiar with some of the powerful historical, political, social, and economic forces that shape life in these two nations.

Student learning goals

During the quarter, we will read, view, and listen to first person and second person accounts of society, culture, and politics in India and Pakistan.

Students will acquire skills in participating in group discussions, writing analytic responses to the readings, and formulating succinct short-answer essays.

General method of instruction

Class meetings will be a mix of lectures (twice per week), film and documentary viewing (on average once per week) and structured discussions (once per week).

Recommended preparation

This is a foundational course in South Asian studies. As such, no advance preparation or knowledge of India/Pakistan is required or assumed.

Class assignments and grading

The readings for the course will be contained in a course reader which you can purchase at Ave Copies.

Two take-home essay exams (60%) Reading responses (20%) Map exercise (5%) Participation (15%)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sunila S. Kale
Date: 11/28/2010