Bangalore, India
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Bangalore, India

Course Information: 2018 Spring

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.


You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits each semester. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Fall Semester

Culture, Public Health and Society Electives

Spring Semester

Culture, Public Health and Society Electives

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)

Course Descriptions

Bollywood Dance

Fall (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Dance; 100-level; 1 credit)

The film industry in India, and Mumbai - based Hindi language is what gives us the name Bollywood. Bollywood is the commercial name for modern Indian dancing and combines classical Indian dance, folk dance and even has Arabic and Latino influence. The dance style is very expressive and has a great deal of meaning in the music of films. You will learn to express what the music means in the films of Bollywood. This non-credit class will teach you the very basic, graceful moves. With regular and dedicated practice you would be able to dance in perfect harmony and style in tune with Indian music in the backdrop.

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Buddhism and Hinduism in Contemporary Society

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

Fall (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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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Gandhi and Non-Violent Protest

Spring (History; 300-level; 3 credits)

The course focuses on M. K. Gandhi’s life history, ideology, work, philosophy, techniques and his Contribution to society and politics with special reference to India and world in general. The Course intends to introspect the Gandhian Mission towards society, politics and freedom movement in India. Further, the course proposes to critically analyze the concept, content and context of Gandhian thought in all aspects and fields of social and political life and its relevance in the emerging contemporary society. As a result, the learner gets the opportunity to critically analyze, articulate and manifest his perspectives in the contemporary context.

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Health Care Services

Fall (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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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Indian Cuisine

Fall (Workshop)

A practical workshop focusing on Indian cooking, trends and practices.

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Indian Culture and Traditions

Fall (Anthropology; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology; 300-level; 3 credits)

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

Fall (Hindi; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (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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Meaning of Rituals in Indian Society

Fall (Anthropology, Religious Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Religious Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)

The “Ritual” is the prescribed order for performing religious services and “Rite” is a religious ceremony. By these two performances, customs and traditions are developed and practiced defining particular social groups and communities. These rituals and rites therefore are religious beliefs rendered into action and given meanings.

It is in the tribal and the folk societies that the early signs and origins of ritualistic religion occurred. The beliefs and ideals of classical cultures are formulated in their rituals more explicitly. The rites of the simplest level of life were transformed later into the esoteric art of the ruling or privileged class surviving as a part of religion in their changed or distorted forms. It also led to sustenance of myths.

It is through chants, gestures and symbols that the rituals spread and got accepted in mainstream Hinduism. A ritual has a personal and social aspect. The sacraments are the rites that bring about refinement in a person. This brings in a transformation in one’s life. The sacraments help in rationalization of the meaning of life and the world around his community. In addition there are the vows that usually women undertake for material benefits and the family’s welfare. For the last two hundred years or so some of the festivals have become community celebration where in the entire community participates as seen in the celebration of Ganesha and Dusshera festivals.

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Population and Poverty

Fall (Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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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Population and Poverty Field Study

Fall (Sociology; 400-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Sociology; 400-level; 1 credit)

Field-based learning in conjunction with the Social Problems: Population & Poverty course. Course objectives include: understanding the theoretical approaches for examining social problems and issues; acquisition of informed knowledge about selected problems and issues; explanation for the subjugation of women and the gender dimensions of each social problem, and a generalization of reasoning abilities from specific problems to a general perspective.

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Public Health and Policy

Spring (Community Health Sciences; 300-level; 3 credits)

Health and health care are integral for social wellbeing. Health makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer and are more productive. Despite several growth-orientated policies adopted by the government, the widening economic, regional, and gender disparities are posing challenges for the Indian health sector. India is facing a lot of challenges and the public health fraternity should offer ways of delivering healthcare more effectively and equitability. In order to tackle with this, the public health has to focus on health promotion, and disease prevention and control, while taking into consideration the social determinants of health. This course focuses on the responsibility of the state in health care segment and examines the lacunae in our policy implementation to achieve significant progress in the health sector. The health of populations is a distinct key issue in public policy discourse in every mature society.

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Fall (Workshop)

Instruction in the practice of Yoga. General philosophy, history, and wellness benefits will be included. Emphasis is placed on the performance of ananas (postures), pranayamas (breathing exercises), dharanas (concentration exercises), and dhyanas (meditation and relaxation techniques) in order to improve wellness.

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