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2016-2017 Academic Catalogue 
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IS 338 - Politics of India and the Subcontinent

Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3

As South Asia is home to more than one-fifth of the world’s population, understanding its political landscape is of vital importance. South Asia is characterized by states that vary greatly in governmental structures and levels of economic development. The goal of this class is to understand these differences by closely examining the political framework of and the dynamics between the major regional players (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka). We will explore the role and impact of political institutions, parties and political leaders, political participation and interest articulation as well as modernization and economic development. While learning about each state’s political system in a comparative fashion, we will also explore relations between the different states.