• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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 policy-relevant understanding of how culture and power are interconnected in India, engaging with viewpoints from inside and outside the region;
  2. Apply frameworks from gender, media and cultural studies to analyse critical challenges facing India and its diaspora;
  3. Develop high-level interdisciplinary analysis of the national and global significance of popular culture and creative industries in India;
  4. Conduct independent academic research that can inform applied multi-stakeholder processes, justifying methods and approaches as appropriate;
  5. Communicate findings effectively, through advanced written, verbal and multimedia skills, to shape real-world debates concerning culture, power, and policy.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Seminar Discussion Lead (5) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Digital Learning Journal (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Research Essay (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Vodcast (15) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  6. Reflective Essay (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with ASIA2116.

Prescribed Texts

Reading materials will be available on Wattle. 

Preliminary Reading

No preliminary readings.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior study of India 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 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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