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.
Message to those taking this Course:
You will be asked to do three short reports during the session (about 1000 words each), and a 3000 word final report at the end of the course.
You may participate in a trip to South India in mid Feb. for 2 weeks (this is not part of the course work and is completely optional).
- Reports (60%)
- Attendance, Participasion (40%)