• Class Number 9469
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Shameem Black
    • Dr Shameem Black
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
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Political battles over the soul of modern India are fought, in part, through the imagination. This course explores India's vibrant modern traditions of Bollywood film, new fiction, and emerging creative industries to understand changing visions of the world's largest democracy. Film, writing, and new media reveal a space where right-wing Hindu activism meets global neoliberal norms, where "new women" and "angry young men" critique longstanding social roles and gender inequalities, and where India defines a place for itself as a rising force in a globalising world. As the course explores how the Indian state has mobilized culture as part of its bid to become a global power, it investigates how battles fought through and over the imagination reveal underlying anxieties and aspirations for the economic and political future of India.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of historical and current events and developments that have shaped relationships between culture and power in India;
2. Identify and critique contemporary systems of popular culture and creative industries in India;
3. Analyse the global significance of events and developments in popular culture and creative industries that have affected India; 
4. Communicate ideas, in written and oral form, using a combination of analytical, practice-based, and creative approaches. 

Research-Led Teaching

This course draws upon new ANU research into India's culture industries and soft power projections.

Additional Course Costs

There may be additional costs for streaming videos.

Required Resources

Reading materials will be available via Wattle. You will need access to basic video editing tools; please consult with convener if you do not already have access to such tools.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

This course offers an integrated seminar experience that combines lectures, discussion, and workshops.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1-3 How Epics Shape Modern India Drawing upon Indian cinema, fiction, and political rhetoric, this module examines how players as different as Indian nationalists, Hindu right-wing activists, and international popular culture have turned to Indian classic texts to justify their visions for a new (old) India. Weekly seminar activities
2 Week 4-8 Imagining the Nation This module turns to influential cultural texts that have aimed to imagine the possibilities and perils of the world's largest democracy. We examine how cultural texts index the exuberance and agonies of independence, the rise of right-wing Hindu nationalism, the transformation of India's economy, changing norms of gender and sexuality, and questions of law, justice, and national security. Week 5, Essay Due Weekly seminar activities
3 Week 9-12 Soft Power, Creative Industries, and "New India" This module examines the material conditions in India that support today's cultural production, such as market forces and political patronage. In doing so, it shows how wars fought over culture are connected to changes in Indian economic and political priorities. Week 10, Vodcast Due Week 12, Reflective Essay Due Weekly seminar activities

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class Participation 10 % 28/10/2019 15/11/2019 1,2,3,4
Research Essay 30 % 22/08/2019 05/09/2019 1,2,3,4
Vodcast 20 % 10/10/2019 08/11/2019 1,2,4
Reflective Essay 30 % 24/10/2019 08/11/2019 1,2,3,4
Seminar Activities 10 % 28/10/2019 15/11/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


You should to come to class effectively prepared to discuss the course readings, to engage in oral and written tasks, to work independently and collaboratively with your peers, and to show intellectual curiosity and analytical thinking.


There is is no examination in this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class Participation

You should to come to class effectively prepared to discuss the course readings, to engage in oral and written tasks, to work independently and collaboratively with your peers, and to show intellectual curiosity and analytical thinking. A hurdle requirement to receive your full participation mark is the final seminar meeting, where students will share their final projects with the class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 22/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay

A 2000-word research essay on a question related to the course. More details will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 10/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 08/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4


You will create a vodcast (a short video) on a question linked to the themes and concepts of the course. No prior experience required. More details will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 24/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 08/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Reflective Essay

You will write a 1500-word reflective essay that explains the argument of your vodcast and shows how it draws upon research and key concepts of this course. More details will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Seminar Activities

During the seminar, you will participate in a short weekly in-class activity (specific tasks will vary) that will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your ongoing engagement with course readings and concepts.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

For Seminar Activities, which are conducted in class, late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted without an extension from the course convener. If a Seminar Activity assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. Late submission of other assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assessments will be returned via Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Shameem Black
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

India and its diaspora, postcolonial literary and cultural studies, gender studies, and soft power

Dr Shameem Black

Wednesday 12:30 13:30
Thursday 12:30 13:30
Dr Shameem Black

Research Interests

Dr Shameem Black

Wednesday 12:30 13:30
Thursday 12:30 13:30

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