• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Literature
  • Major code INDS-MAJ

This major brings alive the social, cultural and political debates that have defined India and its neighbours. It examines Indian political institutions and the rise of Indian democracy, ongoing questions of poverty, development and violence, the influence of technology, and the vibrant cultural traditions and innovations from India have inspired the world. The study of India and its neighbours gives students unique insight into a part of Asia that is emerging as a crucial force in the 21st Century.

The India Studies major is designed to complement the Hindi and Sanskrit language majors, though knowledge of these languages is not required for courses in the India Studies major.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped the South Asian subcontinent and contemporary India,
  2. Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of India,
  3. Analyse current debates relating to regional cooperation and unity in the context of tensions in traditions,
  4. Analyse the global significance of events and developments in India and across the region.
  5. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about India Studies has developed. 
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include: 


A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2271 The Making of South Asia 6
ASIA3272 Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2270 India Past and Present: The impact of pre-colonial history on India today 6
ASIA2116 India’s Culture Wars 6
ASIA2280 Anthropology and Technology in India 6
ASIA2109 Violence, Poverty, and Politics in India 6
ASIA2275 The Pleasures and Powers of Stories in South and Southeast Asia 6
INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2009 Culture and Development 6
ASIA3021 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2165 Islam in Southeast Asia 6
ASIA2302 Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives 6
ASIA2307 History of Empire in Asia 6
ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives 6
ASIA2067 Economies of Emerging Asia 6
ASIA2065 Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes 6
ASIA2301 Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
ASIA2311 Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia 6
  ENGL 3007: Post-Colonial Literature
INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia 6
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy 6
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific 6
MEAS2000 Iranian History and Culture 6
MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security 6
POLS2070 Politics in Central Asia 6
STST2001 Security Concepts in the Asia-Pacific 6
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