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Introduction to South Asia (Module)

Module description

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.


South Asia is the southern region of the Asian continent, which comprises the sub-Himalayan countries and, in some contexts, the adjoining countries to the west and east. It consists of seven core countries, namely India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal and Afghanistan. It is the world’s most densely populated region and among the poorest, the most illiterate and the most malnourished regions of the world. South Asian nations have been experiencing the profound political evolution of democratization over the last few decades. At the same time, the region remains the focal point of growing international attention and concern on account of nuclear proliferation, the rise of Islamic militancy and the anti-terror war, the emergence of India as a global power, and regional efforts for cooperation. This module will introduce students to key themes, concepts and questions pertaining to the contemporary politics of South Asia. To that end it will examine the development and evolution of political institutions in the region, the role of religion, political economy of development, and the international relations of South Asia.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have:

  • Developed a critical approach to the main issues in the study of South Asia, enabling them to analyse both controversial historical events and the work of scholars who have written about them
  • Acquired analytical skills that will benefit students working on all aspects of International Relations and War Studies, notably empowering them with the ability to assess issues of strategy and security in a specific regional context
  • Refined the ability to assess critically the importance of political and social institutions in the evolution of contemporary South Asia

Staff information

Dr Thorsten Wojczewski*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full  Year 30-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 260 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework & Exam*

Key information

Module code 6SSW0006

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No