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Course for M.Phil.

WA 605 : Colonial Impact and African Nationalism(3 credits) 

WA 610 : Political System in Africa (3 credits) 

WA 611 : Africa and the World (3 credits) 

WA 613 : Research Methodology (3 credits) 

WA 618 : Ideologies in African (3 credits) 

WA 619 : Development Strategies Sub-Saharan Africa (3 credits) 

WA 620 : Government and Politics in North Africa (3 credits)


Course Details


Course No. : WA 605

CourseTitle : Colonial Impact and African Nationalism
Credits : 3
InstructionMethod : Lectures, Tutorials and Seminars
EvaluationMethod : Sessional Work and End-Semester examination.
Semester : Monsoon
Contacthours : 3 per week
Courseduration : One semester (Monsoon Semester)

Course Content:

Pre-Colonial empires
Scramble for Africa
African resistance and reaction to colonial rules
Nature of Colonialism
Comparative political Institutions
Processes of change - social, economic and cultural 
Origins and evolution of African nationalism
Rise of mass parties
Assessment of the colonial legacy

Updated Essential Reading Provided in the First Session of the Class.

Course Number : WA 610

CourseTitle : Political System in Africa
Credits : 3
InstructionMethod : Lectures, Seminars/ Tutorials 
EvaluationMethod : Sessional Work and Semester Examination.
Courseduration : One Semester (Winter)
Contacthours : 3 per week

Course Content:

Problem of independence. National integration and ideologies. Social change and modernization. Political institutions. One party system. Military in politics. Trends and Prospects. Globalisation and politics in Africa.

Updated Essential Reading Provided in the First Session of the class.

Course No. : WA 611

CourseTitle : Africa and the World
CreditsAlloted : 3 (Three)
InstructionMethod : Lectures and Tutorial 
EvaluationMethod : Sessional work and Semester Examination
CourseDuration : One Semester (winter)
ContactHours : 3 per week

Course Content:

The OAU and AU: agenda and roles
Afro-Asian resurgence and theNon Aligned Movement (NAM), Relevance of NAM to africa.
Prominent powers and the African countries in the post second World War period.
Freedom struggles in Africa and the role of the world community (especially in the resolution of the Southern African conflicts).
New international regimes (WB, IMF, WTO) and its impactof Africa.
Assertion and 'marginalization' of African countries.
Emergent regionalism (SADC, PTA, COMESA. IOC. Etc.)
Africa and its relations with India: Historical connections and current issues.

Updated Essential Reading Provided in the First Session of the Class.

Course No. : WA 613

CourseTitle : Research Methodology
Credits : 3
Duration : One Semester
Instructionmethod : Lectures & Tutorials
EvaluationMethod : Sessional Work and End-Semester Examination.
ContactHours : 3 per week

Course Content:


i) Theories and Models of International Relations: Traditional Behavioural and Post-Behavioural.
ii) Theories of Socio-Economic and Political Development: Modernization; Dependency/ World System; Marxist and Neo-Marxist.

II. Methodology:

1) Scientific method in Social Sciences: nature of Social Phenomenon: basic steps inscientific method; concepts, hypothesis and theory; science and ideology; value-neutrality debate.
2) Research Design: Descriptive, Exploratory and Explanatory.
3) Sources and Techniques of Data Collection: Documentary vs. field sources; their scope, merits and limitations.
a) Documentary Sources: Historical and archival materials newspapers periodicals and other secondary sources.
b) Field Sources: Observation, interview, interview schedule and questionnaire, case study.
4. Analysis and Interpretation of Data:
a) Qualitative: Classical method of documents analysis; content analysis; historical-comparative analysis.
b) Quantitative: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; correlation,association between variables.
5. Report/Dissertation/Thesis Writing.

Updated Essential Reading Provided in the First Session of the Class.

Course No. : WA 618

CourseTitle : Ideologies in African 
Credits : 3
InstructionMethod : Lectures, Tutorials and Seminars
EvaluationMethod : Sessional Work and End-Semester examination.
Semester : Monsoon
Contact hours : 3 per week
Course duration : One semester

Course Contents: 

• Social roots of African Ideologies in Pre-colonial Africa: African ontology and epistemology, mythology, beliefs, Cosmological ideas, traditional ideas on unity, democracy equality, social change, collective endeavours in production, distribution and consumption.
• Pan-Africanism, individual identity, freedom, humanism and negritude.
• Apartheid, racism, mythical ideas about human races, political and economic manifestations.
• Ideology of colonialism-development or dependency, national liberation, antagonistic forces in transformation.
• Revolutions-subjective and objective conditions revolution from above, role of working class, peasantry, students, lumpen, intelligentsia, armed struggles.
• Socialism-content and form, within traditional societies, African democratic and scientific socialism, assessment of Marxism by African thinkers.

Updated Essential Reading Provided in the First Session of the Class.

Course No. : WA 619

CourseTitle : Development Strategies Sub-Saharan Africa. 
Credits : 3
Semester : Winter

Course Contents: 

This course pursues country experiences in greater detail and attempts to develop a typology of development patterns. Its objective is to assess the relative success of different development strategies adopted in SSA, in terms of growth, social justice and vulnerability to external shocks. The course compares and contrasts the pre- globalisation strategies with strategies during globalisation.

I. The conceptual framework:

Patterns of agrarian transformation,
Import-substituting versusexport oriented strategies of industrialization/ trade.

Patterns of external capital inflows.
Human resource development.

II. Selected cases of :

a) The economics with -- Cote d'
market and export- -- Ivoire, Kenya
Oriented strategies -- Malawi, Nigeria.

b) The Economies with state -- Ghana,
interventionist and import- Tanzania
substituting strategies.

c) Economies with 'socialist -- Ethiopia, Angola
orientation Mozambique.

Updated Essential Reading Provided in the First session of the Class.

Course No. : WA 620

CourseTitle : Government and Politics in North Africa 
Credits : 3
InstructionMethod : Lectures, Tutorials and Seminars
EvaluationMethod : Sessional Work and End-Semester examination.
Semester : Monsoon
Contacthours : 3 per week
Courseduration : One semester

Course Contents: 

Understanding North Africa
History, Politics and Economy of North Africa
Geo-Political features of North Africa
North Africa and Sub- Saharan Africa
North Africa and West Asia
North Africa and India
North Africa and the world.

  1. Brief background of the Area – geographical and historical
  2. Colonial dominance and the anti-imperialist struggle. Armed struggle.Impact of modernization. The Salafiya movement. Liberal constitutional movement and growth of party system. Failure of the movement. Political violence and anti-imperialist movement. 
  3. Political evolution after the attainment of independence.
  4. Religion and politics in North Africa. Role of military in North African politics. The single-party system. The unity of the Nile Valley. Maghreb unity.

Updated Essential Reading Provided in the First Session of the Class.

  1. Morocco: Role of monarch, Multi-party system, Constitutional evolution, the question of Western Sahara
  2. Tunisia: Role of dominant personality, Single-party system, Constitutional evolution.
  3. Algeria: Quest for power and rise of Ben Bella, Single-party system, Coup d'etat and the coming into power of Boume dienne. The Algeria experiment in Socialism, Algeria after Boumedinne.
  4. Libya: Establishing a monarchy, partyless system, constitutional evolution, transition from federalism to unitary form of government, Coup d'etat and the emergency of Qaddafi, introducing the single-party system and the party-less democracy.
  5. Egypt: The coup d'etat of 23 July 1952. Nasser's rise to power, Socio-economic and political content of Nasserism, Egypt under Sadat and Mubarak, effects of de-Nasserization.

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Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.