Syllabus Pol 238


Course Description

Binding within the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Africa to the West, Coromandel of India, Indonesia, and Australia, Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world that now is increasingly subjected to potential of not only economic growth, inter-dependence cooperation, mandala of the great power rivalry, but also an arena of navigating opportunities and rising conflict between the regional and sub regional powers. Increasing contestation over border issues, natural resources, naval and military technology, humanitarian problems, and environmental challenges has centered the Indian Ocean at the global debates and collaboration talks. This course demonstrates the origins, evolution and present state of international relations in the Indian Ocean. The course examines Indian Oceans as the International mandala where opportunities and contestations intertwined within diverse powers’ rivalry. It examines conflict and cooperation arising from diverse power hegemony in politics, natural resources, military power, territorial disputes, and humanitarian issues. This course seeks to understand the dynamics of regional and sub-regional relations through the mutual and challenging exchanges that occur within the compass of ‘monsoonal’ direction in the Eastern, Western, Northern, and Southern part of the Indian Ocean.

Student Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, the students are expected to understand the role of Indian Ocean in international relations. The students will explore the patterns and structures of the Indian Ocean as raja-mandala that capable in directing cooperation and conflicts between diverse powers and resources possessed by surrounding countries. The students will be able to highlight areas of dynamic development between regional and sub regional powers. Lastly, the students are expected to demonstrate analytical perspectives on remaining questions of peace, harmony, and prospectus inclusive developments and participation in the Indian Oceans’ international relations.

Class Requirements

  • Class participation and discussion (15% of the total grade)
  • MA: Three (3) response papers. PhD: Five (5) response paper (25%).
  • Midterm exam (25%)
  • Final Exam Assignment (35%)

Grading scale (in points):

93-100              A           90-92.9             A-          87.5-89.9          B+

83-87.4             B           80-82.9             B-          77.5-79.9          C+

60-69.9             C                                    D           Less than 60    F



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