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2018 Summer
* GLS 330 / POL 454 / SAS 312 (SA)   na, npdf

Indian Democracy in Motion

Pratap B. Mehta


Many political scientists have described India as an "unlikely democracy". This course, taught at Ashoka University, Haryana, India, will examine the ways in which the workings of Indian democracy have shaped and transformed the meaning of five institutional formations: constitutionalism, religion, the economy, caste, and the city. The aim is not to provide a conventional or comprehensive overview of Indian democracy. It is rather to provide snapshots into the ways in which the Indian democratic experience is unsettling identities, unleashing new forms of mobilization, and transforming the meaning of citizenship as Indians experience it.

Sample reading list:
Jawajarlal Nehru, Discovery of India
Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Niraja Jayal, Oxford Companion to Politics in India
Madhav Khosla, A Short Introduction to the Indian Constitution
Sunil Khilnani, Idea of India
Ashutosh Varshney, Battles Half Won
Dreze and Sen, India Economic Development and Social Change
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
One short discussion note, 1 page every week; one mid-course paper, 6-8 pages; one final paper, 12-15 pages. Writing and research assignments can be tailored to student interests.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

Other information:
This class will meet from 07/02/2018 - 08/10/2018, days/times TBA. In additional to the seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a Hindi language course that will complement the content of the seminar. If interested in applying, please see GPS application.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10078 S01 TBA        Enrolled:12 Limit:15