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GEOG228 Uneven Development in Contemporary India

The major economic, political and social processes and trends which have both characterised and shaped India in the post-colonial period.

This paper introduces the range of debates concerning the historical and present conditions of the geographies of India. By focusing upon the issues that are significant in the ongoing transformation of India, this paper encourages students to critically explore processes of development. The course co-ordinator has extensive field research experience in a great number of different contexts in India, from small remote villages to booming metropolises, and these will be drawn upon throughout the paper. Innovative teaching methods used in this paper include extensive use of documentary films and multimedia and specially prepared tutorial guides to help guide reading and analysis.

India is a large, diverse and complex country. Nevertheless, it is also highly accessible to the outsider, and there is a great range of very useful resources that will assist with your exploration of the country this semester. To fully appreciate the subtle differences found between regions and between different groups of people requires some dedication on your part. In order to get the most out of this paper you are encouraged to actively participate. Please come along to class and ask questions. Also, please read as much as you can from the list of prescribed texts and elsewhere and watch the recommended documentaries and online clips.

Paper title Uneven Development in Contemporary India
Paper code GEOG228
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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GEOG 102 or 108 points
GEOG 328
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Teaching staff
Dr Doug Hill
Paper Structure
The paper is divided into sections that reflect major sub-disciplines in human geography, including:
  • Social geography
  • Political geography
  • Urban and economic geography
  • Rural development
  • Geographies of water, environment and religion
There is no set textbook for this paper. Instead, there is a course reader that contains recommended readings for each week, as well as a range of other resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global Perspective, Communication, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Environmental Literacy, Information Literacy, Research, Self-Motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  1. Understand the historical, social, political and economic forces that have shaped Indian development
  2. Understand the complexity and the diversity of India and, by using key themes and concepts in human geography, critically examine the way that this affects different sectors and social groups
  3. Develop critical writing and analytical skills through essays, group exercises, examinations and participation in tutorial discussions
  4. Be familiar with the major theoretical debates on development policy in India
  5. Be able to identify a range of major socioeconomic processes underway in India at a variety of scales
  6. Understand how different sub-disciplines of human geography can be used to interrogate India's development issues at a variety of scales

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41
P2 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41
P3 Friday 09:00-09:50 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41
P4 Friday 11:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41