India: Identity, Expression, and Representation - Fall 3-week, 2016
Travel Dates: December 1 - 17, 2016
Jugdep Chima, Professor of Political Science
Lisa Safford, Professor of Art History
Interdisciplinary 25500: Identity, Expression and Representation in India (3 credit hours)
Political Science 28000: Identity, Expression and Representation in India (1 credit hour) Required during fall 12-week session
This course is also being offered as an EW.
India is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, and also the world's largest democracy. This program allows you to experience the richness, vibrancy, and diversity of India by visiting four different regions in the country--the capital city of New Delhi and Agra in the Hindi heartland; the northern state of Punjab, which is the cultural home of the Sikhs; the Deccan heartland and artistic treasures of Maharashra state; and the city of Chennai in the southern Tamil-speaking state of Tamil Nadu.
The academic component of this course revolves around the concepts of identity, expression, and representation. They entail a mixture of personal, religious, linguistic and national value, in addition to historical artistic traditions and developing political institutions.
This course will examine the historical development of traditions in art related to global religions either created within South Asia (Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism), or imported from neighboring regions (Islam and Christianity). From the latter discipline, this course will examine how India's political institutions have been able to integrate the country's diverse and multidimensional identities into a collective over-arching sense of nationality, and also into an inclusive and representative democratic political system. Thus, this course will study the phenomenon of identity, expression, and representation in both art and politics in India.
This study abroad course to India is, in many ways, four smaller trips rolled into one in order to provide a dynamic, intellectually-challenging, and visually-stimulating experience for all participating students. Each region also has its own unique topography and flora to observe as we travel from place to place. We will also visit the famous "monument to love"--the Taj Mahal in Agra which is one of the "seven wonders" of the world and an official UNESCO world heritage site.
Participants will enroll in a 1-credit class during the Fall 12-week semester, which will meet for a period of six weeks and will prepare everyone for the Fall 3-week term trip. Mandatory orientation sessions will be held on campus before departure. Students are expected to attend all class meetings and participate fully in discussions and excursions. Participants should be in good physical condition as there will be long walks and lots of steps.
Estimated Program Costs
$4,900 above tuition, room, and board. Costs include travel expenses, accommodations, and meals. Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.
March 18, 2016
A $75 non-refundable fee will be billed to your Hiram College account upon receipt of your application.