• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is intended to provide an overview of contemporary India and its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. The course begins with ancient and medieval Indian history and the religions of India, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam. The bulk of the course is concerned with the present situation in India, and will include sections on politics and nationalism, sectarian and religious conflicts, tensions and separatist movements, economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalisation of the economy, the role of the middle class in shaping the present economic climate and the future development of trade relations with other countries, and demographics. In addition, we will examine India's role in South Asian politics and security issues relating to its neighbours, particularly Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in contemporary Asia and its potential importance for Australia, particularly in terms of business and politics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The main goal of the course is to provide a broad grounding in the current situation in India and the history behind it. By the end of the course, students should have a good understanding of the relation of languages to state formation, the major doctrines of Indias religions, an overview of the economy and the political system, and the major players in current events in India.

Indicative Assessment

Two examinations (35% each), Tutorial performance (30%).

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32 Contact hours per semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Preliminary Reading

Farmer, B. H, Introduction to South Asia, Routledge 1993.

Oldenburg, P, India Briefing, 1995.





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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