Professor — Ph.D., University of Chicago
Clinical Professor and Fellow of the Charles Wilson Chair in Pakistan Studies
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GOV 365L • Rights And The State In S Asia
M 300pm-600pm GDC 5.304
(also listed as
ANS 361 )
Course overview: Politics in modern south Asia are shaped, often dramatically, by contests about the nature of rights, the ways that citizens claim their rights, and state responses to those claims. Every state in the region contends with popular movements to assert rights, whether through war and insurgencies, experiments with constitutions and the rule of law, or efforts to secure the rights of excluded groups, minorities and the economically disadvantaged. Each state has also tried variously to promote and protect rights, and to limit them in order to consolidate power.
Using contemporary cases to illuminate these issues, we will explore basic elements of political change in the region by asking how states and societies are meeting the challenges of creating rights-based political orders, and how and why they succeed or fail. The range of potential topics is intriguingly varied and broad; after our introduction to the field and the region, we will focus on topics related to rights and conflict.
Using political writings, government documents, laws and regulations, social science analysis, local journalism and reporting from local and international organizations we will dissect the meanings of rights in the region, and learn to understand the different ways that these complex issues affect citizens, states, observers and advocates. In the process, we will examine the tools that are employed to protect rights or limit them, and how reports on rights conditions are developed and used.
Neither prior experience with the region nor detailed knowledge of human rights is required for this course. We will use our readings and discussions to learn about the region through the lenses of rights and governance, and to refine our understanding of rights through the experiences of the people and states that comprise south Asia today. By the end of the course, each student should have a working understanding of some of the many challenges involving fundamental rights in south Asia, a grasp of analysis and reporting related to rights, and the capacity to write about right and politics.
Prerequisites: Six hours of lower-division Government courses
Requirements: Students are required to attend all classes punctually; complete all assignments (both written and oral); participate actively in class and as designated, lead class discussions on assigned readings and written projects.
Each student will be expected to prepare three concise, 1500 word written assignments; submission dates are indicated in the course outline. Please provide your papers to me in hard copy, and in person. Please take the time to revise, proofread, and follow accepted form for footnotes and references.
Be sure that your written submissions do not plagiarize the intellectual property of others: do not copy, without attribution, a sequence of three or more words from a published text, an internet source, grey literature or another person’s work. Plagiarizing is a form of cheating, and is grounds for a failing grade in this course. Any incident of plagiarism will be reported to Student Judicial Services.
I will post class assignments – including PDFs when URLs are not available -- and other notices; should you miss a class session, please contact me (and perhaps a classmate) for further information.
A seminar succeeds only if all of us are fully engaged. Please do not use any electronic devices – including computers, tablets, and telephones -- in the classroom. If you carry a cell phone with you, please silence it before class.
I expect all students to see me during office hours and other pre-arranged appointments to discuss classroom and written assignments. Should office hours be inconvenient, please schedule an appointment with me for another time.
We will make use of two books that are available for purchase:
Andrew Clapham: Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007)
Jack Donnelly: Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition (Cornell University Press, 2003)
For reference and background, you may refer to an online compendium edited by Micheline Ishay: The Human Rights Reader: Major Political Essays, 2nd. Edition.
Class reading assignments, selected primarily from the readings list, will be posted on Blackboard; most are available online, and in some instances, I will distribute materials in class. The reading list is far longer than will be assigned for specific class sessions, and these pieces vary considerably in length and complexity. It should help guide you as you seek additional sources, consider paper topics and generally, expand your horizons.
Grading: Class participation is essential to the success of this seminar, and will count for 25% of the term grade.
The first paper will contribute 20% of the course grade; the second paper, 25%, and the third paper, 30% of the overall grade. Penalties for late paper submission will be ½ grade for each late day, unless you provide timely and appropriate documentation from health services or your personal physician.
Your oral and written products will be graded on the basis of their clarity, organization, structure and quality of argument, including your ability to marshal evidence to support your arguments.
GOV 365L • Rights And The State In S Asia
M 300pm-600pm CLA 0.108
(also listed as
ANS 361 )
Contemporary politics in south Asia are shaped by contests about the nature of rights, the many ways that citizens claim their rights, and the manners in which statesrespond to those claims. Every state in the region contends with movements to assert rights (whether internally or across borders), through war and insurgencies, experiments with constitutions and the rule of law, and efforts to secure the rights of excluded groups, minorities and the economically disadvantaged. We will explore the development of politics in the region by asking how states and societies meet the challenges of creating rights-respecting political orders, why they succeed or fail, and what current experience means for the future of the region.
To illuminate a series of case studies, we will analyze political writings, government documents, laws and treaties, scholarly analysis, local journalism and reporting from local and international organizations to dissect the meanings of rights in the region. Our task will be to clarify the different ways that these complex issues are understood by citizens, states, observers and advocates.
Students are expected to attend and participate in all class sessions and complete all assignments. Each student will be expected to help lead class discussions of assigned readings. Three written assignments of 1500 words will be required, and students will be asked to present on some of their writtenwork orally.
Firstwritten assignment 20%
Second written assignment 25%
Thirdwritten assignment 25%
Oral presentation 15%.
Many of the readings will be collected into a course packet.