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2009 Proposed Courses

Hindi Language, (AST-4 credits)
Study with Ms. Dhulekar and lectures by Drs. Khandke, Stulting, and Nair

This intensive language course will provide students with basic familiarity of Devanagiri script, grammar and sentence structure, and will emphasize conversation skills.

The course is an elective course at the university.

History of India: Global Interactions-Then and Now, (HST-4 credits)
Savita Nair, HST/AST

The course focuses on the 16th through 21st century interactions between various players in India's complex political and sociocultural past. While attention is given to Mughal, British, nationalist, and postcolonial periods, the course also views India as both a product and producer of long-distance trade, migration, contemporary power plays, and global influence.

The course intends to satisfy the Historical Analysis (HA) and World Cultures (WC) GERs for the university. It will count as a non-western course in the History major. It will serve as a geographic (South Asia) and/or disciplinary (History) distribution in the Asian Studies major.

Christianities & Religious Pluralism in India, REL 475 (4 credits)
Claude Stulting, REL

Study of various Christian traditions in their Indian Context and in relation to the many religious traditions of India, especially Hinduism. The course considers the issue of religious pluralism (how Christianity understands its theological, ethical, and social identity in relation to other religions of India) and that of cultural influence (how other religious traditions have influenced belief and practice in Indian Christianity).

The course intends to satisfy the Ultimate Questions (UQ) and World Cultures (WC) GERs for the university. The course will serve as an elective in the Religion major.

Poverty, Gender and Development in India, AST xxx (4 credits)
Veena Khandke, AST

In the last century the story of India has been characterized as a fledging democracy emerging from the confines of British rule to democratic socialism. In the 1990s India boldly instituted market reforms to open her shores to more foreign investment, fewer trade barriers and import restrictions. In spite of this impressive progress 29% of India's teeming 1 billion live in poverty on less than a dollar a day. Against this backdrop of approximately 300 million people who live in poverty, this course will examine the effects of poverty on Human Development Indicators such as Health, Nutrition, Education and the Environment. Particular attention will be given to poverty's impact on Indian women's lives.

The course intends to satisfy the Human Behavior (HB) and World Cultures (WC) GERs for the university. It will serve as a geographic (South Asia) and/or disciplinary (social science) distribution in the Asian Studies major. The course also intends to have both WGS (Women's and Gender Studies) and PVS (Poverty Studies) Concentrations.