• 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, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies

Political battles over the soul of modern India are fought, in part, through the imagination. This course explores India's vibrant modern traditions 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 the Indian government defines its economic and political aspirations in a changing world. This course brings scholarly research to bear upon real-world debates found in heritage management, institution-building, and cultural policy. It explores the role of India’s diaspora in shaping new visions of India. Through analytical and creative approaches, students build their abilities to engage with India in self-reflexive, nuanced and multimedia forms.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a self-reflexive and nuanced understanding of how culture and power are interconnected in India;
  2. Apply the conceptual vocabulary of gender, media and cultural studies to analyse critical challenges facing India;
  3. Analyse the national and global significance of popular culture and creative industries for India and the Indian diaspora;
  4. Conduct guided research to engage with scholarly and policy-relevant debates;
  5. Communicate complex ideas in writing, speech, and multimedia, justifying methods and approaches as appropriate.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Digital Learning Journal (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Research Essay (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Vodcast (25) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  5. Reflective Essay (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.? 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses. This course is incompatible with ASIA6176.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be made available on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge is assumed.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3655 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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