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INDIA TODAY, Fall 2006

Yuko Nishimura

Aftab Seth

[Course Guide]

Sub Title:

The Indian Middle Class : Where are they from and where are they going ?

Course Description:

This course is aimed at describing India through the eye of 'the middle class': In this course, participants will learn where India's new middle class come from, how they are different from the 'traditional middle class'. How globalization influences Indian new middle class, etc. We will study caste, class, kinship, and gender from the post-modern perspective. We will learn the cultural difference between the North and the South, similarities and differences between Indian middle class and other Asian counterparts. We will also cover issues surrounding 'dowry' problems in India. We will discuss these issues in the class and students are encouraged to study issues from cross-cultural perspective. Essay writing and discussion will also focus on understanding the modernity and Asia.

Classes: 13
One 90-minute class per week

Each class will have 60-minute-lecture and 30-minute-discussion.

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