Stanford University - Spring 2001

 Tel. 725-9704 or 497-1133                                Armin Rosencranz
 (calls always welcome)                                       Office hours: Tu, Th 10 to noon
 EM: armin@stanford.edu                                  and by apptmt: Room 102G

                              ANSI 165, IR 137, Pol Sci 181R, Hum Bio 163
        SOUTH ASIA:  ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT and SECURITY
                                                    Tu/Th 1:15 - 2:45
A. Overview

This course will explore parallel movements and activities in environmental
protection, economic development and security in India and Pakistan since
1947, with special focus on this decade.  The environment will cover air, water and land (agrochemical) pollution, population growth, equity issues and the Narmada Dam controversy.  Development issues will include new programs for economic and energy growth and their environmental consequences.  The nuclear arms and Kashmir competition between India and Pakistan and their destabilizing effects will also be examined.

B. Course Responsibilities

Class members will be expected to have completed the week's reading and be prepared to comment on it.   Each class member will be responsible for one or two of the course's last eight issue units and will co-lead an hour of class on each unit.   One  research paper of about 15 pages will be required, on a different subject from the class presentations. Attendance at the South Asia Dams course (Mon. 7 pm in 381A) is encouraged, and may occasionally be required.  There will be a take-home final problem-set.

C.  Required Reading

Harrison, Kreisberg and Kux, India and Pakistan: The First Fifty Years (1999)
Gadgil and Guha, Ecology and Equity (1995)
Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living (1999)  in course reader
Course Reader  [available in class on 4/12]

D.  Syllabus:
April 3/5  1.   Introduction
 
April 10/12    2.   Political and Economic Development
                 Harrison, 1 - 103.
 
April 17/19    3.  Social Development and Foreign and Security Policy
                 Harrison, 107 - 205.
      Conferences on research plans in a.m.
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April 24/26    4.  The Use and Abuse of Nature in India
           Gadgil & Guha, 1 - 103.
 
May 1/3          5.  The Narmada Controversy ; Women's Empowerment
                         Roy, 7 - 90 and New Yorker article, "Gandhi's Daughters"
 
May 8/10        6.  Environment and Development (1)
                         Reader, items 1 - 8
              FIRST DRAFT OF RESEARCH PAPER DUE

May 15/17       7.  Environment and Development (2)                   Reader, items 9 - 15
               conferences on papers

May 22/24       8.  Security (1)
                          Reader, items 1 - 6.

May 29/31       9.  Security (2)
               Reader, items 7 - 10
                          FINAL DRAFT DUE

June 5     10. Security (3) and Conclusion
                          Reader, items 11 - 14.
               conferences on papers

E.  Research and Writing Project

The research paper's subject will be of each person's choosing.  It can be derived from any of the materials in the readings.  The organization, format and content of the paper should be similar to a short note in a scholarly journal.  The papers should be about 15 double spaced word-processed pages, excluding footnotes.  Choose a topic that will engage you in the research and writing.  Two of last year's papers were published.

The paper should  summarize any current debate or controversy over this subject, describe alternative approaches to resolving the issue, and present the writer's rationale for choosing particular policies.

F. Communality:

The first few minutes of every class meeting  will be available for 'feedback'.  Use this time to air any questions or problems.  Frequently, the answer to a question will not be immediately available.  I will make every effort to research a question or problem before the next class meeting.
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We'll try to find a Saturday early in the quarter for a classs gathering  at Yost House, Governor's Corner, including a potluck meal and volleyball game.

G. Participation and Grades

The subject matter is complex and preparation and attendance is essential. Please email me  if  anything will keep you from attending the next class.  Class participation is also vital.  This means taking responsibility for speaking up, asking focused questions and offering thoughtful answers.

       Calculation:  A.  Research Paper  50%
                            B.  Presentation and Participation 30%
                            C.  Take-home problem-set  20%