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Unit information: India: An Emerging Power in 2015/16

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Unit name India: An Emerging Power
Unit code SPAIM0034
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Wyatt
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

India’s growing influence in international politics has been widely recognised. The aspiration for great power status has been longstanding but India’s foreign policy was constrained by modest economic growth until the mid-1990s. This unit examines how India’s political economy has evolved from a model of planned development to a more market oriented policy set. The unit will examine the consequences of economic development in India for issues of poverty and human security. Recent changes in foreign policy will be assessed and these will include the acquisition of nuclear weapons, closer ties with the United States and the pursuit of energy security.

In summary the unit aims to: - introduce students to the recent political history of India - introduce students to key texts on Indian politics - chart the changing trajectory of India’s economic development - reflect on the nexus between India’s economic development and its foreign policy - develop a critical understanding of Indian politics

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to: 1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the recent political history of India 2. demonstrate a working knowledge of Indian development policy and foreign policy 3. conduct theoretically informed analysis of modern Indian politics 4. integrate empirical evidence into conceptually sophisticated arguments

Teaching Information

One two-hour seminar per week

Assessment Information

The unit will be assessed by a formative presentation and a 4000 word summative essay. The oral presentation provides formative assessment of the student’s grasp of India’s growing influence in international politics and the student’s ability to articulate in a concise and persuasive way their position, both verbally and in written form. It provides formative assessment of learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

Reading and References

K. Adeney & A. Wyatt (2010), Contemporary India, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

S. Corbridge, J. Harriss and C. Jeffrey (2012), India today: Economy, politics and society, Cambridge: Polity.

S. Ganguly (ed) (2012), India's Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

D. Malone (2011), Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

S. Ruparelia, S. Reddy, J. Harriss & S. Corbridge (eds) (2011), Understanding India's New Political Economy: A Great Transformation?, Abingdon: Routledge.