- Class Number 6973
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Shameem Black
- Dr Shameem Black
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of historical and current events and developments that have shaped relationships between culture and power in India;
- Identify and critique contemporary systems of popular culture and creative industries in India;
- Analyse the global significance of events and developments in popular culture and creative industries that have affected India;
- Communicate ideas, in written and oral form, using a combination of analytical, practice-based, and creative approaches.
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.
Reading materials will be available via Wattle. For your final project you will need access to basic video editing tools. Many such tools are available for free or potentially through ANU licenses. Please consult with convener if you do not already have access to such tools.
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
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.
This course offers an integrated seminar experience that combines lectures, discussion, and workshops.
|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 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 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 12, Final Project Due Weekly activities|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Class Participation||10 %||*||15/11/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Research Essay||30 %||24/08/2021||31/08/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Final Project: Vodcast||50 %||26/10/2021||08/11/2021||1,2,4|
|Digital Learning Journal||10 %||*||15/11/2021||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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 consistently and 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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
You should to come to class consistently effectively prepared to discuss the course readings and lectures, 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
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
A 2000-word research essay on a question related to the course. More details will be provided on Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Final Project: Vodcast
You will create a vodcast (a short video) on a question linked to the themes and concepts of the course. No prior experience required. You will accompany this vodcast with 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.
Reflective Essay: 25%
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Digital Learning Journal
You will contribute to an ongoing digital learning journal where you show how you are consistently listening to and engaging with the ideas you encounter in lectures and readings throughout the semester. You will complete entries in this digital learning journal through online activities that will be embedded in lecture recordings. Details will be available on Wattle.
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India and its diaspora, postcolonial literary and cultural studies, gender studies, and soft power
Dr Shameem Black