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 multi-disciplinary research into South Asian matters, the course devotes ample space to studying core texts that have made their mark on the field – 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.
  • to be a critical reader, and to produce and present academic knowledge in oral and written forms.


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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 2021: Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

The teaching will be given on campus. The teaching is also offered digitally (hybrid) at the start of the semester, but will move to only on-campus teaching when the infection situation allows it.

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars throughout the semester. The course is taught for two hours per week over a period of 10 weeks. Presentations by the students will be an important part of the teaching. We strongly recommend you to follow the teaching.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


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

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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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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