WGSS 246
India's Identities: Nation,Community, & Individual
Last Offered Spring 2020
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ASST 246 / ASIA 246 / REL 246 / ANTH 246 / WGSS 246
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This tutorial considers India’s multiple and intersecting identities, in relation to climate emergencies, resource scarcities, and ongoing struggles for power and status across very different parts of India. We examine the intersectional identities that produce solidarity and opposition within landscapes always already structured by power and inequity. How do communal and individual identities such as gender, class, caste, sexuality or religion shape social conflict and ongoing struggles for power in India today? We examine key moments in Indian history that that continue to produce social conflict and fluidity such as Partition, the riots in Gujarat, Hyderabad, and Delhi that have shaped the modern landscape of communal identity, as well as the contested border such as Ladakh as well as Jammu & Kashmir. Our readings will include ethnographic, sociological, historical fiction, and oral history. Students choose their own topics to delve into for final weeks of the semester.
The Class: Format: tutorial; Meeting weekly in pairs with tutorial partner to discuss texts and student essays.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 4033
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly writing assignments and tutorial attendance every week
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Majors in Anthropology, Sociology, Religion, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, concentrators in Asian Studies, STS
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASST 246 Division II ASIA 246 Division II REL 246 Division II ANTH 246 Division II WGSS 246 Division II
WS Notes: This tutorial involves weekly essays of 1500 words or oral responses, intensive feedback on writing, and individual writing chats with instruction in the middle of the semester.
DPE Notes: This course fulfills the Difference, Power, and Equity by theorizing the ways that social power and equity are sources of struggle and division within Indian society. It analyzes the intersectional identities of class, caste, gender, and religion in shaping differential access to power and equity within India today.
Attributes: GBST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives
PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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  • WGSS 246 - TUT India's Identities
    WGSS 246 TUT India's Identities
    Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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