The Indian Studies track at Manipal provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary look at India’s past, present, and future. The university has drawn its most talented teaching faculty from geopolitics, philosophy, European studies, and communications to teach direct-enroll and specially-designed courses focusing on India and South Asia.
The Indian Studies curriculum offers a total of 15 credit hours per semester:
All courses are subject to availability and may require a minimum enrollment. Some courses are designed especially for international students, while others may be integrated with Manipal University students.
MANI SAP001 Indian Intellectual Traditions
Dr. Sundar Sarukkai and Dr. Meera Baindur
India has cultivated a rich tradition of intellectual thought spanning the arts, science, and philosophy across the centuries. In this course, students will become familiar with these varieties of knowledge and explore contemporary problems viewed through alternative perspectives in Indian thought.
MANI SAP002 Indian Media
Dr. Neeta Inamdaar
Indian media plays a pivotal role in portraying India culture to the world and raises awareness on a number of sensitive issues including terrorism, racism, international conflicts, and environmental issues. This course will help students understand the growth, development and evolution of media in India, with a special focus on the legal and ethical concerns versus business demands.
MANI SAP003 Regional Security in South Asia
Dr. Arvind Kumar
In today’s world, the strategic implications and inter-related security issues involved with current problems of communications and information must be dealt with in a holistic sense. Students will understand the salient features and relevance of the complex issues relating to threat perceptions affecting regional security in South Asia.
MANI SAP004 Strategy and Practice of Indian Foreign Policy
Dr. Arvind Kumar
The history and changing nature of India’s foreign policy continues to inform the strategy and choices that India weighs while formulating its policies in dealing with foreign nations. This course is geared toward students who have a limited background in the strategy and practice of foreign policy in the Indian context.
MANI SAP005 Cinema in India
Dr. Varadesh Hiregange and Prof. Maitreyee Mishra
Best known through the powerhouses of Bollywood, Indian films are produced in over 17 languages with a wide and diverse range of subjects and genres. Students become familiar with the basic elements of cinema and film appreciation, the origins of Indian cinema, influential Indian film directors, and the corporatization of the film industry.
MANI SAP006 Environment and Development Communication
Prof. Maitreyee Mishra
When the world is faced with the dangers of global warming due to overproduction and consumption, paradoxically, all parts of the world do not enjoy an equitable share of development. The course will introduce students to the basics of environmentalism, ecosystem, threats to biodiversity and resources, international legal framework, movements and issues such as global warming and ozone layer depletion.
MANI SAP007 Contemporary Indian Politics
Dr. Venkat Lokanathan
The ongoing debate on politics and government in India can best be understood when considering the history and changing nature of its political systems. In this course, students will develop an introductory competence of Indian Government functions and its various existing systems and institutions.