India Studies | Introduction to India
I310 | 28091 | Arvind Verma

History, Politics, Administration, Economics, Religion, Media, Art and
Literature (3 cr. A&H) This course, team taught by the faculty of
India Studies Program, is geared towards those majoring in India
Studies and those who have interest in India. The objectives of this
course are to familiarize the students with the art, culture,
religion, history, economics, politics, media and contemporary issues
of India. After an analysis of the modern history of India, especially
the British period and the independence movement, the course will
present the current political issues ranging from nationalism,
ethnicity, and internal conflicts to international relations.
Thereafter, the basic administrative structure, constitution and
issues of governance will be covered. The present economic policies,
business opportunities and the growth of IT industry in particular
will form another important segment of this course. Religions of India
and their impact upon society and culture will be another significant
part of the course that will discuss related issues of environment and
people's movements. The course will also examine the growth of print
and electronic media and its role in shaping public opinion in the
country. The diverse cultures will be presented from the themes of
visual and folk arts, dance-drama and theater, devotional and modern
literature. The evaluation will be done on the basis of a series of
papers on contemporary issues pertaining to the different topics
covered in the course.