Course Description and Objectives

The course is designed to acquaint the students of BS Programs with the rationale of the creation of Pakistan. The students would be apprised of the emergence, growth and development of Muslim nationalism in South Asia and the struggle for freedom, which eventually led to the establishment of Pakistan. While highlighting the main objectives of national life, the course explains further the socio-economic, political and cultural aspects of Pakistan’s endeavors to develop and progress in the contemporary world. For this purpose, the foreign policy objectives and Pakistan’s foreign relations with neighboring and other countries are also included. This curriculum has been developed to help students analyze the socio-political problems of Pakistan while highlighting various phases of its history before and after the partition and to develop a vision in them to become knowledgeable citizens of their homeland. 

Learning Outcomes   

Scholarly treat the historical perspective of Pakistan and its contemporary issues.

Have sufficient knowledge about National Ethics (Culture and Civil Rights (Constitution of Pakistan) and Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct (provided by Pakistan Engineering Council)).

Have an in-depth understanding about the working and impacts of a few major civil engineering projects in Pakistan.


  1. Contextualizing Pakistan Studies
  2. Geography of Pakistan: Geo-Strategic Importance of Pakistan
  3. Freedom Movement (1857-1947)
  4. Pakistan Movement (1940-47)
  5. Muslim Nationalism in South Asia
  6. Two Nations Theory
  7. Ideology of Pakistan
  8. Initial Problems of Pakistan
  9. Political and Constitutional Developments in Pakistan
  10. Economy of Pakistan: Problems and Prospects
  11. Society and Culture of Pakistan
  12. Foreign Policy Objectives of Pakistan and Diplomatic Relations
  13. Current and Contemporary Issues of Pakistan
  14. Human Rights: Issues of Human Rights in Pakistan

Assessment Criteria

Mid Term Examination                                                                                                                      Marks: 30

Sessional    (Assignment, Presentation, Class participation, Attendance)                                             Marks: 20

Final Term Examination                                                                                                                    Marks: 50

TImetable:        Regular Class:    Monday: 8:00 - 9:30 AM and Friday: 9:30 - 11:00 AM

                         Self Support:      Monday: 12:30 - 2:00 PM and Friday: 11:30 - 1:00 PM

Suggested Readings

  1. Kazimi, M. R. (2007). Pakistan studies. Karachi: Oxford University Press.
  2. Sheikh, J. A. (2004). Pakistan’s political economic and diplomatic dynamics. Lahore: Kitabistan Paper Products.
  3. Hayat, S. (2016). Aspects of Pakistan movement. Islamabad: National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research.
  4. Kazimi, M. R (2009). A concise history of Pakistan. Karachi: Oxford University Press.
  5. Talbot, I. (1998). Pakistan: A modern history. London: Hurst and Company.

Course Material