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Bengaluru Courses - 2020 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 6-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.

  • Cuisine of India (non-credit opportunity)
  • Yoga (non-credit opportunity)

US Professors

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

Professor Matt Bennett | University of Cincinnati

Course offered:

Professor Bennett teaches courses in media history, aesthetics, and criticism. In addition to degrees in English, Communication, Electronic Media, and Humanities, he also earned a graduate certificate in Asian Studies from the University of Cincinnati. He has led study abroad groups previously in the UK, Czech Republic, and Austria.

Course Descriptions

Bollywood Dance

Summer (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 one-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

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)

The social and structural hierarchy in India controlled the lives of its people throughout history. The Indian caste system has not only integrated itself into the culture, but it has also been the cause of inequality that has oppressed classes of people for centuries. This course will cover topics such as the history of the caste system, religion, politics, gender, and class inequality.

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Cricket, Curry, and the Crown: Colonialism through Film

Summer (Art, Film; 300-level; 3 credits)

Students will explore the complex interrelationship of Britain and India, colonizer and colonized, as it has been depicted in the cinema. We will examine the works of British and Indian filmmakers who have captured the nuances of colonization based on their unique perspectives and positions within the British Empire. We will explore theoretical concepts related to colonialism and apply them to the study of film across several genres. Where appropriate, we will focus on issues raised in the films of individual identity construction and conflict, gender and sexual relations, and clashes between cultural tradition and personal desire.

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Cultural Traditions of India

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.

Required course.

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Gandhi and Non-Violent Protest

Summer (History, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

The Indian national movement was undoubtedly one of the biggest mass movements modern society has ever seen. It was a movement which galvanized millions of people of all classes and ideologies into political action and brought to its knees a mighty colonial empire. Consequently, along with the British, French, Russian, Chinese, Cuban and Vietnamese revolutions, it is of great relevance to those wishing to alter the existing political and social structure.

Various aspects of the Indian national movement, especially Gandhian political strategy, are particularly relevant to the societies that broadly function within the confines of the rule of law and are characterized by a democratic and basically civil libertarian polity. It is however relevant to other societies too. We know for a fact that even Lech Walesa consciously tried to incorporate elements of Gandhian strategy in the Solidarity Movement in Poland.

Gandhi did not claim to be a prophet or even a philosopher. “There is no such thing as Gandhism,” he warned, and “I do not want to leave any sect after me”. There was only one Gandhian, he said, an imperfect one at that: himself.

The most important event in the Indian politics after the First World War was the advent of M. K. Gandhi. Gandhi discovered India in discovering himself. It is important indeed to understand Gandhi’s political life and particularly his non-violence, in the light of this radical discovery, from which, everything else received its meaning.

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Health Care Services

Summer (Community Health Sciences; 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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Hindi Language for Daily Communication I

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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Women's Issues in Indian Society

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

As a multicultural and diversified society, the gender question in India becomes even more complex with the intervention of caste, class, religion, cultural norms and other societal forces. This course will locate the historicity of the women’s movement and women studies in India with its recent issues and problems. The gradual developments in women’s empowerment and legal changes will be discussed to provide students with a holistic understanding of the dynamics of women and society in India.

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