Bangalore, India

Course Information

Bangalore, India | 2017 Summer

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.


Taught in English
You will enroll in four to seven credits during the 7-week summer session. At least one 3-credit course is required. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

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Culture Enrichment Workshops

Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Indian life and culture.

  • Indian Cuisine Workshop (non-credit opportunity) This course has an additional fee for materials.
  • Yoga Workshop (non-credit opportunity)
  • Volunteer (non-credit opportunity)

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Dr. Jennifer Martin | University of Mount Union

Course offered:

Jennifer L. Martin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of education at the University of Mount Union. She is the editor of the two volume series Women as Leaders in Education: Succeeding Despite Inequity, Discrimination, and Other Challenges and Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy.

Course Descriptions

Buddhism and Hinduism in Contemporary Society

Summer (Religious Studies, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course involves a historical and thematic survey of the Buddhist tradition from the time of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, until the present. We explore some of the ways in which Buddhist teachings and practices have interacted with and been changed by various cultures in the world. This course does not aim to be comprehensive, but instead to introduce the student to some of the important and enduring themes of Buddhism.

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Caste, Class, and Gender in India

Summer (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course on Caste, Class and Gender focuses on India and the structural aspects of inequality that operate. The course addresses the concept of caste and its operation in contemporary India. It looks at the class structure of a country which houses one of the largest middle classes in the world. The course also looks at gender and the operation of patriarchy as well as the areas of intersection of all three. It gives the students the theoretical base which would enable them to critically examine and analyse these concepts and understand their significance in Indian society.

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Health Care Services

Summer (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

India is rich and diverse in her medical tradition since ages. The medical pluralism exists today in this country encompasses embracing of world culture as we have multiple medical systems such as biomedicine, ayurveda, unani, siddha, homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga, Chinese and Tibetan medicine and a variety of folk traditions. “The emergence and arrival of different medical systems, their acculturation into various communities, as well as the way they synchronized and contested with the indigenous are quite unique to Indian medical and cultural history” (Sujatha, V and Leena Abraham, 2012). This course, therefore, is distinctive in its approach in addressing the health care services in India today and its various issues. Students will also experience some healing practices through field visits and observation which will be thought provoking and inquisitive.

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Human Rights in India

Summer (Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course aims at enabling the student to study both the structure of society and individual lives at the same time. This course will help the students to understand the social problems of life in the Indian society in the context of wider social forces. This course will also attempt to sensitize the students regarding the issues relating to subjugation and oppression from a human rights' perspective.

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Indian Culture and Traditions

Summer (Anthropology, Sociology; 300-level; 1 credit)

The course examines the main areas of Indian culture including historical writings, Indian traditions, formulation of ideologies through intellectual debates, and the variety of jewelery, textiles and performing arts in traditional to Indian culture. Students will read the epics Mahabharata and Ramayana and other classical texts, like Panchatantra and discuss the concepts of state, ethics, and polity raised in these texts. Students will be familiarized with visual representations of Indian culture like jewelery and dance forms.

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Introduction to Hindi Language

Summer (Hindi; 100-level; 1 credit)

This course will introduce students to Hindi and its literary heritage. After completing this course students will be able to communicate in basic Hindi.

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Population and Poverty

Summer (Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course covers two concepts - poverty and population. Discussions on the ramifications of poverty and population in India will be a significant part of this course, focusing on the cultural, social and economic factors which play a role in the relationship of these two concepts.

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