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Bengaluru Courses - 2021 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. Although enrollment in a language course is not a requirement of the program, it is strongly recommended as it will increase your understanding of Indian culture and equip you with language and cross-cultural skills that will be of assistance in your day-to-day life abroad. 

Fall Semester

Culture, Society & Global Perspectives

Spring Semester

Culture, Society & Global Perspectives

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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) This course has an additional fee. See Interactive Budget Sheet for more information.

Course Descriptions

Beginning Hindi I

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

This course will introduce students to the Hindi language and its literary heritage through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The course will provide students with the lexical, grammatical and functional resources required to manage in daily situations while studying in India, and help them to develop communication skills in basic Hindi to allow them to navigate the culture and make simple conversations with locals.

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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)

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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Contemporary Political and Economic Issues in South Asia

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

In this course, students will analyze the history of regional relations in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and how it has shaped the current status of intergovernmental relations. They will also explore India’s efforts to build bilateral relations as the regional superpower. South Asia includes a cluster of nations within the southern region of continental Asia. South Asia includes India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and the Maldives. South Asian countries have maintained economic interdependency, especially in areas such as trade and security

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Cultural Traditions of India

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

“One might argue that culture is the intervention of human effort in refining and redefining that which is natural, but that it gradually takes on other dimensions in the life of the individual, and even more in the interface between the individual and society.” –Romila Thapar

India is a conglomeration of various ethnic religions, castes, and regional complexities. Although the British rule in India caused a structural divide among its people, the idea of unity is inherent today in the Indian constitution pronouncing values of secularism, socialism, and democracy.

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Gandhi and Non-Violent Protest

Spring (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

Fall (Community Health Sciences; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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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Indian Literature

Spring (English; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will explore multiple genres of Indian literature including poetry, essay, short-story, novel and play in English or English translation in an effort to introduce Indian Literatures to students. The course introduces the idea of India proposed in different languages, at different historical junctures but does not follow a chronological order to indicate the shifting understanding of the idea of India, rather it focuses on a discussion of complexity of the idea. Literature serves as a context and text for the discussion.

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Pollution and Environmental Challenges in India

Spring (Environmental Science, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed - Mahatma Gandhi

This statement illustrates how various anthropological factors have led to the pollution of the environment, which is a serious ecological crisis today around the globe. The course will cover numerous issues related to pollution as well as challenges of environmental conservation in India. Important and relevant global environmental issues will also be analyzed within the local context and sustainable solutions will be discussed.

This course aims at examining concepts of environmental sustainability and global issues with an emphasis on practical approaches.

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Population and Poverty

Fall (Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course focuses on India which is one of the population giants in the world today. The Course enables students to understand the dynamics of population growth across the world and the significance of population composition.

It gives the students the theoretical base which would enable them to critically examine and analyze this phenomenon. The course will examine the socio-cultural factors that influence demographic behavior. Data from the 2011 Census will be used to study the emerging trends.

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Population and Poverty Field Study

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

The field work component of Population and Poverty entails 20 hours of work in the field and 13 hours for field work contact hours. This is a 1 credit course incorporating field-based learning in conjunction with the course on Social Problems: Population and Poverty.

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Women's Issues in Indian Society

Spring (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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