The semester curriculum consists of two required courses:
- Core Course: Contemporary India
- Internship/Directed Research/Documentary Film
In addition, students choose three electives for a total of 15 semester credits.
- All courses involve a minimum of 44 contact hours.
- At least one elective must be directly related to the student's internship, directed research, or documentary film.
- In addition to regular courses, the program offers students the option of taking co-curricular, non-credit classes in yoga, Kathak dance or Bharatnatyam, classical vocals, a musical instrument, Marathi language, or other cultural activity.
SOCI 360: Contemporary India (required - 3 credits)
A political, historical, and social survey of post-Independence India as a complex yet unified multi-cultural, multi-linguistic, religiously pluralistic democracy and rising major global power, this core course gives students the ability to understand current events they see around them, contextualized within a historical framework. Topics include: colonialism, nationalism, and independence; Gandhi, social activism and the 1960s; gender and caste; 20th century literary, religious and philosophical movements; and recent history from 1990 to the present.
INTS 380: Internship / DIRR 380: Directed Research / DOCU 380: Documentary Film (required - 3 credits)
Students are matched with internship and research placements based upon academic interests articulated in their Internship/Directed Research form. Internships require students to thoughtfully and critically integrate the academic, experiential, and professional within an organizational context, whereas directed research involves a formal research project carried out within an organization, a library, or the field.
The documentary film option allows students to conduct and present research through a visual rather than a written medium. Working closely with a faculty member who is also a film director, as well as students from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), students are expected to produce a short film on their selected subject area.
All projects are conducted under close academic supervision and entail a final paper or project with accompanying presentation.
The internship/directed research/documentary film component involves a minimum of 155 contact hours, roughly broken down as follows:
- 96 hours (minimum) – hands-on work in the organization, library, or field
- 6-8 hours preparatory workshops
- 38 hours – meetings with Internship/Directed Research/Film Faculty (both group and individual) and faculty guides, as well as familiarization meetings with the organization, interpreters, and other key contacts prior to commencement.
- 15 hours – attendance at final presentations and oral evaluation
ESEI 380: Environmental Perspectives (elective - 3 credits)
India’s ongoing population explosion, along with its steady march toward urbanization and industrialization, has placed significant pressure on its land and natural resources, leading to severe deforestation, water and air pollution, and land degradation, among other many critical environmental issues. This course exposes students to environmental issues both from an Indian and global perspective, exploring natural, social, economic and political facets of these complex yet pressing concerns, as well as culturally-specific and global strategies for addressing them.
HSPH 300: Public Health (elective - 3 credits)
India faces unique and daunting challenges in the area of public health, battling malnutrition, infectious disease, and high infant mortality. This course will take a multidisciplinary approach to public health in India, incorporating policy development, gender issues, social justice, health economics, epidemiology, behavioral sciences, and health services management. Students will carefully interrogate how social, political, and economic factors facilitate or mitigate the production and transmission of disease, and evaluate ethical and practical consequences of policy and scientific initiatives.
SOCJ 365: Social Justice (elective - 3 credits)
Social justice movements in India may be most widely known through the iconic figures of Mahatma Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, but there is a rich and diverse tradition of Indian social justice theory and action dating from the British Raj era to modern Dalit, tribal, and women’s movements. This course offers students an overview of social justice thought and activism in India, evolving through nationalism and the freedom struggle, 20th-century political and social movements, and contemporary economic, caste, and gender disparities.
ECDE 390: Development Economics (elective - 3 credits)*
There is an economic struggle going on in today’s world in which rich nations like USA & European countries are trying to tackle their problems of debt, unemployment & unequal distribution of income. On the other hand, “emerging markets” like India & China are trying to increase their income levels as fast as possible, making new experiments in their economy all the time. And still there are African countries who are dealing with basic problems of hunger, poverty & AIDS. In short we can say, all the countries are trying for “development” at their own level.
ECON 391: Social Entrepreneurship and Interventions (elective – 3 credits)*
Rapidly changing social landscapes have given way to a greater convergence of government and nonprofit organizations’ efforts in ensuring a better quality of life for their citizens. The increasing importance of professional approaches towards socially relevant enterprises makes an understanding of social entrepreneurship today vital. This course will expose students to contributions made by social entrepreneurs in key areas such as health, nutrition, education, and income generation. This survey course will draw heavily upon inter-disciplinary approaches, case studies, discussions, and insights from guest speakers throughout the semester to help students understand the conceptual frameworks necessary for social entrepreneurship and understand the common challenges social entrepreneurs face.
ECON 392: Emerging South Asian Economies (elective – 3 credits)*
India anchors a region full of rapidly expanding markets and fast-growing economies. This course will provide students with a deeper understanding of the emerging South Asian and Southeast Asian economic region, and the geopolitical and economic relations of the various countries that call the region home. A major focus will center on India’s growing economy as a vital player in the region. Students will embark on an investigation of a number of individual country’s GDP, geography, and economic freedoms as well as political, trade, and investment climates. Students will also examine the dilemmas of future development and issues facing India’s foreign trade and foreign investment markets.
CSNF 350: Nation, Caste, and Gender through Film (elective - 3 credits)
Though best known through the Hindi language production powerhouses of Bollywood, Indian films are produced in over 17 languages with a wide and diverse range of subjects and genres. This course provides a critical overview of post-Independence Indian cinema, with a particular focus on social and political ideologies embedded in representations of nation, caste, and gender. Students examine how this popular cultural form has served as an important vehicle for disseminating and constructing Indian national identity, and develop analytical tools for understanding contemporary Indian culture through film and visual media.
HIND 100: Beginning Hindi (elective - 3 credits)
Fundamentals of conversation and written Hindi for beginning students.
HIND 200: Intermediate Hindi (elective - 3 credits)
Fundamentals of conversation and written Hindi for intermediate students.
*These electives are also part of the Pune program's Economics Concentration. For more information on this concentration, click here.