The Politics of India/Pakistan

Discipline: Comparative Politics
Instructor: Rosencranz
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1250
End: 1405
Field Work: Day 6 | India Download Syllabus

This course will explore parallel activities in politics, economic development and security in India and Pakistan since 1947, with special focus on this century. We’ll cover nationalism, democracy, militarism, religion, energy, environment, and ethnic and regional issues. Finally, we’ll examine the competition between India and Pakistan over nuclear arms and Kashmir, its destabilizing effects and possible outcomes. Using online materials and knowledge gained through field trips and lectures in India, class members will prepare team presentations on self-chosen topics, such as Kashmir, the role of women, economic and energy development, Zardari and his challengers, and the role in the region of the US and China.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 6

Our field lab will take place on March 11, our last day in the port of Cochin (Kerala's largest city).  It will have two distinct parts.  In the morning, we will have Kerala-focused short panels on the role of women; the character of the different religious communities - Christians (20% of the state's population), Hindus (56%) and Muslims (24%); and the recent Communist governments and their accomplishments. Over lunch we will talk with an expert on Pakistan.  In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of Kerala's inland waterways, encountering canals, fishing villages and rice fields.
Academic Objectives:
  1. To learn about Kerala's three major religious communities, the role of women in Kerala and the record of Kerala's recent Communist governments.
  2. To get an Indian perspective on Pakistan.