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Spring 2013-2014
POL 440 (SA)   na, npdf

Seminar in International Relations - International Relations of South Asia

Aqil Shah

Theories of international relations seek to explain the causes and consequences of conflict and cooperation between "great powers." How do IR theories travel to South Asia, a strategically important region of the world populated by several 'minor' powers? This seminar will explore the strengths and limits of IR theories by applying them to an array of South Asian security issues in both historical and contemporary contexts, including, the Indo-Pakistani territorial conflict over Kashmir, civil wars, the emerging geostrategic dominance of India, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and regional cooperation in trade and economics.

Sample reading list:
Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal, Modern South Asia
Stephen P. Cohen, India: Emerging Power
Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-150 pages of reading per week. Response papers, and a research paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41860 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:11 Limit:15