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SO251 - Comparative Sociology: South Asia

  • Module code: SO251
  • Module name: Comparative Sociology: South Asia
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

2017 marked 70 years since British rule ended in South Asia and the newly formed independent states of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and Sri Lanka came into existence. The long relationship with that part of the world and Britain began in the 18th century through trade which ultimately led to conquest. Popular food items such as chicken tikka and fashion symbols such as the Paisley print all emerge out of the long ties between South Asia and Britain. This course will provide students with an historical overview of the region and then look at the way in which South Asian society is organised. This will involve taking sociological concepts, such as class and gender and thinking about how the work in different contexts. Comparative thinking of this type involves making what is familiar exotic and what is strange, familiar.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module will run in the Spring Term.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO251-15)
A (Assessed work only) Essay (3000 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 2