The ANU South Asia Research Institute is delighted to announce the approval of our newly refreshed India Studies major. We hope that this will be an exciting chance for students to deepen their understanding of India and its neighbours, and for us to build our undergraduate programs in this area. We hope that you can share information about this major with students who might be interested in pursuing it.
http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2018/major/INDS-MAJ (description below)
The major is currently convened by Assa Doron, and we’d like to give warm thanks to Assi and many other colleagues who have consulted on this process of putting the revised major through the approval processes. Thank you to everyone who teaches into, and otherwise supports, the major.
A major offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific INDS
This major brings alive the social, cultural and political debates that have defined India and its neighbours. It examines Indian political institutions and the rise of Indian democracy, ongoing questions of poverty, development and violence, the influence of technology, and the vibrant cultural traditions and innovations from India have inspired the world. The study of India and its neighbours gives students unique insight into a part of Asia that is emerging as a crucial force in the 21st Century.
The India Studies major is designed to complement the Hindi and Sanskrit language majors, though knowledge of these languages is not required for courses in the India Studies major.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped the South Asian subcontinent and contemporary India;
- Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of India;
- Analyse current debates relating to regional cooperation and unity in the context of tensions in traditions;
- Analyse the global significance of events and developments in India and across the region;
- Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about India Studies has developed.