Understanding South Asia

By Dr. Khalid Wasim Hassan   |   Central University of Kashmir
Learners enrolled: 651
The course on “Understanding South Asia” promises to provide interdisciplinary training that will allow learners to understand the complexities of the region in the 21st Century. The course is balanced through a combination of theoretical debates and empirical cases where learners will acquire knowledge of the history, culture, economy, literature, religion and politics. As this course focuses on South Asia as a region, it will facilitate better comparative work and thus a more nuanced understanding of developments in individual countries. It is an important course for the students of Humanities and social sciences from various disciplines, such political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, religious studies and history.  The objectives of the course are: 
To introduce the learners with importance of South Asia as a region
To make learners aware about the colonial history and the debates on nationalism in South Asia 
To understand the nation-building project and experiments of constitutional in South Asia 
To engage with the serious question on the political economy of the region 
To explore the causes and aftermaths of intra-state conflicts in the region 
To understand the working of SAARC, its challenges and future prospectus
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 15 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 31 Aug 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

1. Region and Regionalism: Conceptual Framework
2. South Asia as a Region
3. Geopolitical Importance of South Asia
4. South Asia: History, Culture and Politics

5. Colonialism in South Asia: A Contestation
6. British Colonialism of the Sub-continent: Impact on Culture, Economy and Polity
7. Anti-Colonial Struggle in Indian Sub-continent
8. Nation and Nationalism: Different Versions in British India
9. Partition: Tragedy of South Asia
10. Constituent Assembly Debates in India: Making of Indian Constitution
11. Experiments of Democracy in Pakistan and Sri Lanka
12. Role of Civil Society in India-Pakistan Relations
13. Nation-Building Project in India: Democracy and Development
14. Federalism in Pakistan: Past, Present and Future Trends
15. Constitutionalism in Nepal and Burma: Success or Failure
16. Devolution and Distribution of Powers in Sri Lanka
17. Debates on Secularism in India
18. Caste Politics: Understanding Reservation Policy in India
19. Rise of Communal Politics in South Asia
20. Concept of Language Politics in South Asia: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
21. Neoliberal Reforms in India: A Critical Analysis
22. Decentralisation in South Asia: Peace-building and Economic Development
23. The Agrarian Question in South Asia
24. Precariousness and Informality in South Asian Labour markets

25. Theoretical Perspective of Ethnic Conflicts in South Asia 
26. Kashmir Conflict: A Challenge to Indian State
27. Balochistan: Challenge to Pakistan
28. Tamil-Sinhala Conflict in Sri Lanka: A Historical Perspective
29. India’s Challenge in the East: Manipur and Nagaland
30. Maoist Movement in Nepal
31. Chakma Minorities in Bangladesh
32-Minorities in South Asia with Special Reference to Rohingyas in Burma
33. Social Movements in South Asia
34. Debates of Feminism in South Asia
35. Women’s Movement in India
36. South Asia’s Missing Women

WEEK 10 
37. SAARC: History, Emergence and Goals
38. SAARC and Regional Development in South Asia
39 SAARC: Challenges and Future Prospects
40. SAARC vs European Union: A Comparative Analysis
41. India -Pakistan Relations: A Chequered History of Conflict, Cooperation and Violence
42. South Asia and The Changing World Politics
43. Nuclear Powers in South Asia: Balance of Power or Threat
44. South Asia and Global Economy
45. Migration and Porous Border in South Asia
46. Forced Migration and Refugees in South Asia
47. Terrorism Challenges in South Asia: A Regional Perspective
48. Mechanism to Tackle Terrorism in South Asia

Books and references

Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2008), A religious rage or more, Combat Law, vol.7, July – August 
Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2009), History Revisited: Narratives on Political and Constitutional Changes in Kashmir, 1947-1990, Working Paper, No. 233, ISEC, Bangalore. 

Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2011), ‘Discourse of Development in India – conflict and its resolution”, Raj- Yashti - Journal of Social Science, vol: 3, no: 1, January - March. 

Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2011), Response of Indian State to Kashmiri self-determination Movement - 1947 to 1990, Indian Journal of Politics, Vo; 45, No: 1-2, January – June. 

Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2011), Book Review: Poverty Reduction in Elite driven Democracy: The Case of India by V.M. Rao. 

Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2012),’FORMS OF PROTEST IN KASHMIR’, INTEGRAL LIBERATION, September, Vo: 16. N0: 3. Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2012), ‘Palestine: on the Map of the World’, Counter Currents, December 

Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2016) ‘Politics of Identity versus Politics of Development: A Case of Kashmir’ in edt. Chandra, A.V.Satish, From Centralised Government to Decentralised Governance, Viva Books, New Delhi. 

Hassan, Khalid Wasim (2018) ‘From Administration to Occupation: the reproduction and subversion of Pub- lic Spaces in Kashmir’, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, Vol: 3 , Issue: 2. 

Instructor bio

Dr. Khalid Wasim Hassan

Central University of Kashmir
Dr. Khalid Wasim Hassan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Governance, which is housed in the School of Social Sciences of the Central University of Kashmir, India. He has also taught at the P.G Department of Political Science of St.Josephs College, Bangalore (2012-13) and School of Undergraduate Studies of Ambekar University Delhi. His research focuses on political violence, gender & public spaces and intersectionality in South Asia. Dr. Hassan visited South Asian Institute, SOAS on Charles Wallace Fellowship in 2017 and Sidney Sussex College of the University of Cambridge in 2018 on visiting fellowship respectively. He teaches the course on Political Theory, Peace and Conflict Studies and South Asian Politics at postgraduate level.

Course certificate

30% for in-course assessment and 70% for end term proctored exam 

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