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The South Asia Studies Program provides a foundation for understanding the dynamics of this crucial region and offers students the opportunity to concentrate on a part of the world whose importance in international affairs is increasingly recognized by the policy and corporate community.
The curriculum provides an insight into the central dilemmas of modern politics, economic development and social change present in the region. Interdisciplinary courses address South Asia’s growing economic and strategic importance as well as its political history, its complex social structures and the challenges of development.
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It is the goal of the South Asia Studies Program to ensure that while studying at the school, students have the ability to visit the region and experience firsthand many of the themes discussed in the classroom.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, South Asia Studies organized trips to:
For the 2014-2015 academic year, South Asia Studies organized trips to:
For the 2013-2014 academic year, South Asia Studies organized trips to:
For the 2012-2013 academic year, South Asia Studies organized trips to:
Study Trip Travel Blogs
South Africa: Chinese and Indian Economic and Political Engagement in South Africa
New Delhi, India: Infrastructure and Development (2015)
Yangon, Myanmar: Chinese and India Investment in Myanmar (2015)
New Delhi, India: Infrastructure and Development (2014)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Chinese and Indian Aid and Investment in Ethiopia (2014)
Kathmandu, Nepal: Socio-Economic Impact of Mass Migration to the Gulf (2014)
Students will be given more information about applying during orientation. Priority will be given to second-year South Asia Studies students. In most cases, study trips are nearly fully funded. For additional questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship choice is critical to the student’s academic studies and career prospects. The program director, program manager and other faculty members work closely with students to identify and pursue opportunities appropriate to their interests within the region or relevant organizations in the United States.
To complement students’ course work, the South Asia Studies Program hosts biweekly luncheons on careers that would be relevant to students concentrating in South Asia. Here students have the opportunity to network with academics, policymakers, journalists, businesspeople and NGO representatives and to research career options. South Asia students will be invited to all career luncheons and will be given a schedule of upcoming speakers during orientation. Lunch will be provided by the program and attendance and active participation is encouraged.
Fall 2015 South Asia Studies Events
In addition to a biweekly career luncheon series, the program hosts a number of public seminars on various topics related to South Asia. Past speakers include the Maldivian and Bangladeshi foreign ministers, the current foreign secretary of Pakistan, ambassadors from the region and the US assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asia.
The South Asia Studies Program hosts a retreat for its students and faculty members at the beginning of each academic year. Students have the opportunity to become acquainted with each other and the program. The retreat includes a debate by policy experts on a topical issue, an administrative brief, leisure time, a classical musical presentation and a dinner with fellow local South Asianists.
South Asia Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives
Entering Class 2016-2017
MA students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.
SOUTH ASIA STUDIES
Students concentrating in South Asia Studies must take at least 4 courses within this program. One of those courses must be Comparative Political & Economic Development in South Asia (SA.790.820) and must be taken in their first year (those starting in Bologna must take the course in DC).
Students also must fulfill the general requirements for the field of Asian Studies, that is, an additional 2 Asian Studies courses outside of South Asia Studies.
Students in South Asia Studies also have the option of pursuing a specialization in the International Relations of Asia (AsiaIR).
Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
· International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Microeconomics in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, SAIS will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.
Students must complete one course from the list below.
· Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
· Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
· Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Risk Analysis and Modeling
· Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses in addition to their concentration requirements. South Asia Studies concentrators must pass Comparative Politics as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
· American Foreign Policy Since World War II
· Comparative Politics (old name Comparative National Systems)
· Evolution of the International Systems
· Theories of International Relations
South Asia Studies MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in Hindi-Urdu or Persian (Farsi). All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS. Native Hindi-Urdu or Persian (Farsi) speakers must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English.
South Asia Studies concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
1. South Asia Studies Oral Exam.
2. MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)
South Asia Studies Minor Requirements: (as of AY 16/17)
General Minor Requirements:
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Please find below, course selections for academic year 2016-2017.
Course Faculty: Walter Anderson, Administrative Director of South Asia Studies Program
09-06-2016 to 12-12-2016 | Th 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Infrastructure is a critical element in economic development, but it is much more. Studying how a state provides for infrastructure can tell us a lot about state/center relations, which interest group matter and how do they exert political influence and above all how does the state address complex policy issues. Because these issues address sensitive political questions, this is a political economy course that will focus heavily on how and why decisions are reached on infrastructure issues. The course will focus on India analyzing its governance structure, interest groups and framework for policy problem solving. The largest and by far the wealthiest South Asian state, is committed to spending at least one trillion dollars on infrastructure over the next five years, making infrastructure the biggest sector for the country’s economy.
There is no prerequisite for this class, though taking the course on Comparative Political and Economic Development of South Asia, taught each year in the first semester, would be helpful. Course registration requires departmental approval because there is an accompanying one-week study trip on the same topic in mid-January. Register for the course as you normally would, and the South Asia department will follow up with you regarding an application and other relevant issues.
Course Faculty: Anshul Rana, Adjunct Professor
09-06-2016 to 12-12-2016 | M 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
09-06-2016 to 12-12-2016 | M 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
This course examines key security challenges in contemporary South Asia and their implications for the United States. The course begins with an overview of the subcontinent's history and its partition with focus the development of American policy toward South Asia. Then we examine the politics of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and their interactions in war and peace. The continuing challenges of terrorism and nuclear proliferation will be explored as well.
Course Faculty: Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth, Adjunct Professor of International Relations
01-30-2017 to 05-06-2017 | Th 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Course Faculty: Ambassador Touqir Hussain, Adjunct Professor and Senior Visiting Fellow
01-30-2017 to 05-06-2017 | M 02:00 PM - 04:30 M
Pravin Krishna, Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business
Pavithra Suryanarayan, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
01-30-2017 to 05-06-2017 | Th 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
In 2013, Peter Bergen, the Director of the International Security Program at New America, and Walter Andersen, director of South Asia Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, partnered to create the South Asia Channel, a web site that has become a site for some of the best analysis in the world on India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, and is housed on foreignpolicy.com – widely regarded as the most innovative and thoughtful web site devoted to foreign affairs in the English-speaking world. Members of New America’s International Security Program are responsible for collecting material on Pakistan and Afghanistan. The South Asia Studies program is responsible for the material collected on India.
Peter Bergen and New America previously ran the AfPak Channel, which published the most well-informed analysis on Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the five years of its existence, the AfPak Channel posted over 1,000 articles consisting of original content from experts in the region and elsewhere. The pieces covered current events, different viewpoints, and subjects in a variety of formats, including reporting, in-depth analysis, book reviews, and photo essays. The South Asia Channel built upon the AfPak Channel’s success by expanding its focus to India.
The South Asia Channel, as did its predecessor the AfPak Channel, has high visibility, currently averaging about 900,000 page views per year and over 365,000 unique visitors to the site; it is also viewed by people in almost every country in the world. It also issues a South Asia Daily Brief every Monday to Friday of current newsworthy developments, which reaches approximately 105,000 subscribers.
To assist in the India part of this effort, each year South Asia Studies, chooses two enthusiastic graduate students to serve as South Asia Research Fellows for a 12-month fellowship with New America’s International Security Program.
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Foreign Policy Magazine's South Asia Channel
Twitter: South Asia Channel
AY 2014-2015 Fellows
AY 2013-2014 Fellows
As never before, the world’s attention and fortunes are tied to the burgeoning growth of India and China; the world’s largest populations and its fastest growing bilateral trade relationship. Recognizing the critical nature of understanding this dynamic, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at The Johns Hopkins University has created the US-India-China Initiative (USICI) to facilitate greater collaboration, knowledge and leadership exchange between people of influence in India, China, and the US. The US-India-China Initiative (USICI) was launched with a generous grant in August 2012 from the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, one of the world’s largest corporations based in India.
The USICI staff has put in motion the planning of several activities based on initial contributions. These efforts include a student research trip to China in January 2013 that involved graduate students from the school, and Indian and Chinese universities. The focus of the ten-day study trip was the evolving relationship between India and China and involved meetings both in Shanghai (China’s chief commercial center) and Beijing (the political capital). The focus of the Shanghai portion of the trip was trade and the focus in Beijing was formal diplomatic relations between India and China. A second graduate student trip is being planned for January 2014, which would focus on Chinese and Indian aid programs in Africa and again involve students from the three countries traveling to Africa together. The conference on “Doing Business in India and China” (March 2013) was the formal launch for the Initiative and featured presentations by prominent figures with global visibility from academia, business and journalism. The conference also included “trip-reports” from the participants from the January 2013 study trip to China.
Over the next three years, the Initiative plans to engage in a robust series of interrelated programming including conferences, student trips and joint research projects with participants from the US, India and China.
Conferences: The USICI plans to host three annual conferences, one in each country, on timely issues relating to US-India-China relations. These conferences will provide an opportunity for current private and public sector luminaries to connect with experts in academia, industry and government. Proposed topics include: tri-lateral cooperation around energy and energy alternatives, higher education as a vehicle for economic growth; the frontiers of technology and information services; transnational infrastructure cooperation; the role of the finance sector in development, and the role of entrepreneurship in growth. The Initiative will seek corporate co-sponsors for the conference to demonstrate broad tri-lateral support for the programs and off-set expenses.
Junior and Senior Fellows: Each year the Initiative will select a cohort of Junior Fellows, Each cohort will travel to each of the countries and develop scholarly research, business case studies and in-depth articles that will be presented at the conferences noted above and showcased on the USICI portal.
Student Trips: The Initiative sponsors student study trips involving participants from the US, India and China.
The Initiative is housed at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC and directed by Dr. Walter Andersen, a respected scholar, diplomat and Director of the South Asia Studies Program. An advisory committee comprised of representatives of the Ambani Group, other funders, key business leaders, and public sector luminaries, will be recruited to serve and called upon to help finalize conference topics, recruit conference speakers, and nominate Fellows. Ms. Neelima Kota is a Program Associate involved in planning and Ms. Rebecca Aman is the chief administrative officer.
The school's leadership will ensure the Initiative meets all operating requirements of Johns Hopkins University, which represents the ultimate governing body of Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Initiative.
The US-India-China Initiative has the potential to be the foremost respected convener in this field. It will address a significant gap in mutual understanding and interpersonal interaction between these two emerging economic giants and will foster a powerful network of the future academic, business, and policy experts with the experiences, insight and understanding to help the world navigate critical US, India and China relations.
India 2014: http://saisnewdelhiinfrastructuretrip2014.blogspot.com/
Ethiopia 2014: http://sais2014chindiainethiopia.blogspot.com/
India 2015: http://saisnewdelhi2015.blogspot.com/
Myanmar 2015: http://saismyanmar2015.blogspot.com/