Bengaluru, India

Course Information: 2019 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

India and South Asian Studies

Spring Semester

India and South Asian Studies

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)

US Professors

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

Spring Semester:

Dr. Jason Matteson | Northern Arizona University

Courses offered:

Dr. Matteson works and teaches in the fields of ethics and social and political philosophy. Having grown up in the U.S. mid-west, he spent his senior year of high school as an exchange student to South Africa just as it was turning to democracy in the early 1990s. Later, he served as an agricultural volunteer for the Peace Corps in Senegal. Since then he has earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona, and has taught for several years at Northern Arizona University.

Course Descriptions

Beginning Hindi I

Fall (Hindi; 100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Hindi; 100-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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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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Contemporary Political and Economic Issues in South Asia

Fall (Economics, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Economics, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

India is the dominant power in South Asia; it has intervened in the civil war in Sri Lanka, controlled fuel imports into landlocked Nepal, and negotiated a nuclear stand-off with Pakistan. As India now transforms itself into a global economic powerhouse, its regional economic prowess will match or even surpass its political influence. In this course we will focus primarily on India, but we’ll also take into account contemporary political and economic events and issues in neighboring countries. Texts will include classics such as Rudolph's "In Pursuit of Lakshmi" and more recent articles in India’s Economic & Political Weekly.

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Environmental Ethics

Spring (Philosophy; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will first survey and critically examine a variety of moral and social reasons for protecting, preserving, and restoring our environments, and will then turn to applying these considerations to current environmental problems.

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Health Care Services

Fall (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 and International Law

Spring (Philosophy; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will survey and critically assess a variety of justifications for human rights, especially in the context of international law.

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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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Indian Literature

Spring (English; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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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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Women's Issues in Indian Society

Spring (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 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 them understand the problems and issues in Indian society in the context of wider social forces. This course will also try to create a social sensitivity among students on the issues of subjugation and oppression prevalent against women in Indian society; therefore, each problem is studied from a gender point of view. The hours spent in the field will enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the various social problems that women face in the society and will expose them to the many organizations that work to prevent discrimination and exploitation of women and that lend a hand in empowering women.

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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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