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Bengaluru Courses – 2022 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.

Academics

Semester student may 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.

Spring Accelerated Term: During the spring semester, the Bengaluru program offers a collection of courses on an accelerated basis from January to mid-March. These courses are ideal for students from quarter-system universities because the dates often coincide with their winter quarter. Spring Accelerated students enroll in 8 to 12 semester credits comprised of courses in Southeast Asian studies, health, social entrepreneurship, and development.

Click the course title to view course details and description.

Fall Semester

Culture, Society & Global Perspectives

  • Fall
    Hindi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Hindi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Hindi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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

  • Fall
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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.

  • Fall
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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.

  • Fall
    Economics Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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

  • Fall
    Anthropology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Anthropology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    “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.

    This course is required for all students.

  • Fall
    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.

  • Fall
    English 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Sociology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Sociology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Sociology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

    Co-Requisite: Population and Poverty

Spring Semester/Accelerated Spring Term

Courses available during the Accelerated Spring term are identified in the dropdown menu.

Culture, Society & Global Perspectives

  • Fall
    Hindi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Hindi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Hindi 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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

  • Fall
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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.

  • Fall
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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.

  • Fall
    Anthropology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Anthropology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    “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.

    This course is required for all students.

  • Spring
    History Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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.

  • Fall
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Sociology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Sociology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Sociology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

    Co-Requisite: Population and Poverty

  • Spring
    Entrepreneurship General Business Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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.

  • Spring
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    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) This course has an additional fee. See Interactive Budget Sheet for more information.

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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