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Sunila S. Kale
SISSA 340
Seattle Campus

Government and Politics of South Asia

Comparison of problems of national integration and political development in India, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Offered: jointly with POL S 340.

Class description

This undergraduate course focuses on political, social, and economic change and continuity in five countries of South Asia—India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The post-independence politics of these countries capture the myriad dilemmas and promises of postcolonial states. This makes the region an ideal context in which to ask significant questions about state-formation and development, economic growth and transitions to the market, the role of civil society, and the nature of conflict.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Course meetings are a mix of lectures and discussions

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Writing requirements include weekly statements about the readings and a short final essay. In addition each student will participate in a group research project.

Grades are based on weekly reading responses (25%), active participation in discussion (15%), group research project (30%), final essay (30%)


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: 02/27/2009