HIST 15
Contemporary Indian Society Winter 2020

Cross-listed HIST 15 / ASST 15
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With a population of nearly 1.4 billion, India is one of the fastest growing regions of Asia and the world. It is also the largest and most diverse country in South Asia. What are some of the most important social and political concerns in India today? How do Indians think of questions of culture and identity in a globally connected world? What are the interests and aspirations of India’s youth? How are forces of nationalism and divisive politics defining Indian society today? In this course, we will explore these questions through the most recent non-fiction books on Indian history and society. We will also watch a number of documentaries that address some of these questions. The objective of the course is to engage students in lively discussion and debates about these issues that shape India today.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: participation in discussions, student-led discussions in addition to a 10-page paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: short written application
Materials/Lab Fee: cost of books
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 15 ASST 15

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