SAS4002 – Key Debates in South Asia Studies

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Course content

This course focuses on past and present key debates in the field of South Asia studies broadly defined. In addition to providing a critical introduction to the history of the discipline, the course devotes ample space to studying core texts that have made their mark on the discipline – for better or worse. Through this course you will acquire in-depth knowledge of the academic tradition that South Asia studies is part of, and you will be introduced to the very lively and diverse debates on theory and research methods that the discipline is home to. We do not offer easy answers to complex debates, but help you to ask critical questions.

The course is based on the reading, analysis and discussion of sources in English, and training in essay writing and oral presentation is an integral part of the course.

Learning outcome

You will learn to analyze and summarize key debates in the field of South Asian studies. You will learn to be a critical reader, and to produce and present academic knowledge in oral and written forms.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Please see the admission requirements defined by the programme option South Asia Culture and Society.


Autumn 2020: Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

A detailed plan for the semester will show which activities will be digital, and this will be updated by the beginning of August.

There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching which is done digitally, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.

Lectures and seminars, with ten meetings in all. Presentations by the students will be an important part of the teaching.


This course is evaluated by a portfolio submission. The portfolio will consist of three short essays and should be around 10 pages in all, not counting references etc.


Previous exam questions and censor guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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