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

This program leads students on an immersive exploration of India’s social, economic and religious environments in a time of rapid change and exposure to global capitalism. The course will cover a range of locations that highlight the urgent issues that animate India’s political and social worlds. This includes visiting sites of historical and cultural significance, examining the pressing environmental/social issues plaguing India, and collaborating with local and transnational NGOs. Students will undergo language exposure workshops with one of India’s leading Hindi/Urdu teaching schools.  Students will participate in an immersive workshop with executives from an institution such as the Times of India, India’s foremost media company to investigate private media ownership in a neoliberal India, the challenges faced by reporters and journalists covering such a diverse country and a deeper appreciation of bilingual (Hindi/English) readership. Note that there is no language requirement for this course and although it will include study of the relationships between languages, no prior knowledge of any Indian language is required.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Discuss the issues involved in studying India’s social, economic and religious environments
  2. Analyse the factors impacting on these issues due to the rapid pace of change in India today
  3. Evaluate the role that English, Hindi and Urdu languages play in debates on development in India
  4. Synthesize materials from a representative range of sources including the media in their analysis of development in India
  5. Critique the role that individuals play in Australia-India relationships

Other Information

Admission into this in-country course is through an application round.  Please see the ANU Global Programs site for more details: http://anu-au-sa.terradotta.com/

Indicative Assessment

  1. Initial assessment, such as essay/project (1000 words 25%) [Learning outcomes, 1, 2, 3] 
  2. Participation, measured by participation in tutorial discussions  (5%) [Learning outcomes, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
  3. Reflective study/travel journal (8 * 100 words a day , 800 words 20%) [Learning outcomes, 1, 2, 4, 5]
  4. Final essay (2000 words 50%) [Learning outcomes, 1, 2, 3, 4]  

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Full time intensive in-country study tour, over roughly two weeks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be made available in Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

 Bose, Sugata, and Ayesha Jalal. Modern South Asia : History, Culture, Political Economy. 2nd ed.  New York: Routledge, 2004.

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. "Postcoloniality and the Artifice of History: Who Speaks for "Indian" Pasts?". Representations (Special Issue: Imperial Fantasies and Postcolonial Histories), no. 37 (Winter 1992): 1-26.

Ashar, Meera. "Decolonizing What? Categories, Concepts and the Enduring 'Not Yet'." Cultural Dynamics, 27, no. 2 (2015).

Aquil, Raziuddin. "Hazrat-I-Dehli the Making of the Chishti Sufi Centre and the Stronghold of Islam." South Asia Research 28, no. 1 (2008): 23-48.

The Indians: Portrait of a People, by Sudhir Kakar, Katharina Kakar (2009)

India: A History, by John Keay (2000)
South-Asian Fiction in English, Contemporary Transformations, Editors: Tickell, Alex (Ed.) Palgrave 2016


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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