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ANSI 165, IR 137, Pol Sci 181R, Hum Bio 163
SOUTH ASIA: ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT and SECURITY
Tu/Th 1:15 - 2:45
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
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]
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
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
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.
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
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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
B. Presentation and Participation 30%
C. Take-home problem-set 20%