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Bengaluru Courses – 2021 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.

Courses

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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  • Summer
    English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Students will learn about the concept of national cinema, and how globalization and transnational media influences the development of the cinematic industry in India. Students will advance their ability to analyze the cultural, historical, stylistic, and industrial aspects of Bollywood cinema. The course explores Bollywood genres, stars, production practices, and audience reception and compares them with the Hollywood film industry and other cinemas worldwide.

    Prerequisite: college-level English composition or equivalent

  • Summer
    Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer
    Anthropology Sociology 300-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer
    History Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer
    Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer
    Hindi 100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Hindi

    This course will introduce students to Hindi and its literary heritage. Students will develop the ability to navigate the city in the local language.

  • Summer
    Entrepreneurship General Business Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course seeks to give students an in depth understanding of rural India and its possibilities for enterprise through case studies on innovative rural enterprises. Students will receive a hands-on experience of exploring and creating solutions by challenging them to explore opportunities through field immersion and engaging them with rural communities to create model enterprises.

    Rural India comprises 66.46% of India’s population and contributes to a large portion of India’s GDP by way of agriculture, services, skilled and non-skilled labor. Rural India suffers from socio-economic distress due to several factors, small land holding, rain dependent agriculture, lack of alternative sources of income, migration to urban centers and due to several sociological factors.

    Rural India in its diverse geographies has a huge potential to provide solutions to some of the gravest global challenges pertaining to environment and sustainable development and which remains largely untapped. This calls for a focused approach in exploring the potential opportunities through a scientific approach of critical thinking and creativity, pro-active engagement of rural communities, creating effective structures to implement and create global visibility for the proprietary products and services created.

    Such an approach will substantially mitigate socio-economic distress in rural communities by providing them income generating opportunities by engaging social enterprises and contribute to the sustainability goals of the UN.

    Prerequisite: One semester of college-level general business.

  • Summer
    General Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course of International Business Management is composed of several parts, including the environmental foundation, the role of culture, international strategic management, and organizational behavior and human resource management. This course will help the students obtain the basic knowledge in the field and facilitate student’s future business career.

  • Summer
    Marketing 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course focuses on objectives and policies of marketing managers as influenced by marketing institutions, the functions performed, and consumer wants and needs in a diverse culture.

  • Summer
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

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)

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Suspended

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated (Jan-Mar): Open

Eligibility

Preferred GPA 2.5 and sophomore standing or higher

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

40 students

Instruction

English

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