Courses and Study Abroad Programs

Courses and Study Abroad Programs

Georgetown offers a number of courses related to India, as well as a study abroad program.

Study Abroad

Contemporary India: Development, Economy, Society (Alliance for Global Education)
Based in Pune, Maharashtra, this study abroad program allows students to study issues relating to contemporary India, including political economy, development, public health, women’s studies, and many other fields of study. Students are required to take one class on contemporary India, one class in directed research or internship, and one class in the Hindi language. Other cultural immersion activities such as music classes, Bharatanatyam classes, and Marathi language classes are also available.

Courses at Georgetown

ASST 001 - Introductory Hindi I, TBA 
This is a beginner Hindi language class. Our aim will be to master basic communicative skills and the fundamentals of Hindi grammar.

ASST 021 - Intermediate Hindi I, TBA 
This course will further enhance students’ Hindi language skills previously taught at the beginner level.

ANTH 260 - South Asia and the WorldMubasshir Rizvi

Using anthropological methods such as examination of culture, this class studies the interaction between traditional South Asian identities based on religion and the modern capitalist world.

ASST 404 - Religion in Modern South Asia, Brahmachari Sharan
This course will introduce students to the major religions of South Asia and then focus on a few case studies: cow-vigilantism and mob-lynchings, charity/proselytisation during the Nepal Earthquake, Governments and Religious Buildings, the women's rights controversy at Sabarimala, and Nankana Sahib and the Hinglaj corridor in Pakistan. We will also examine how the legacy of British Empire policies affect the levels of awareness of religion in South Asia, particularly with reference to the Indian education system and the status of the criminality of same-sex relations in various countries in South Asia. 

ASST 717 - South Asian Security/Foreign PolicyIrfan Nooruddin
This course is concerned with matters of international security and peace as they play out in and affect the future of the South Asian region, such as nuclear proliferation, intrastate conflicts, conflict management, and interstate rivalry.

BLHV 263 - Religions of IndiaJoseph Jensen
This course offers an introduction to two of the world’s oldest major religious traditions, Hinduism and Buddhism, and explores modern expressions and practices of the two religions and their spread and influence outside India.

BLHS 410 - South Asia: Challenges in Foreign and Domestic PolicyPrem Trivedi
Primarily focusing on domestic and international political issues in India and Pakistan, this class will study South Asia in the context of nuclear proliferation, counterterrorism, economic development, gender and education, democracy promotion, and political reform.

ENGL 387 - Modern Literatures of IndiaHenry Schwarz
Beginning in the 1980s and ending with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this class will examine modern Indian literature in the context of the rapid social change in twenty-first century India, as well as in the context of colonialism.

ENGL 490 -  Senior Seminar: Reading the Indian Ocean, Cóilín Parsons
This course will explore a series of novels that emerge from and represent Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Egypt, Indonesia, India, and the waters that lie between them. Students will focus on connections between the novels of the cosmopolitan world of the Indian Ocean and the legacies of global empires.

GHDP 502 - Political Economy of International Development, Shareen Joshi
The course begins with a study of institutions, i.e. the formal and informal constraints that shape political, economic and social interactions. Next, it will focus on the role of the state and the rationale for state intervention in markets and societies. This will pave the way for an exploration of some important contemporary topics in the study of developing countries: causes of government failure, the role of interest groups and bureaucracies and the current architecture of international political institutions, amongst others. 

HIST 129 - Modern South AsiaAnanya Chakravarti
Using mainly primary sources and historical accounts, this class explores major themes in South Asian history relating to identity, democracy, and violence from the medieval period to the modern day.

HIST 229 - How South Asia Shaped the WorldAnanya Chakravarti
Examining South Asia in a global context, this class will trace the networks and connections through which South Asian people, culture, and ideas have spread and impacted global society.

HIST 420 - Indian Ocean: Empires and DiasporasAnanya Chakravarti
Examining the spread of culture and language across the Indian Ocean, this class will analyze the empires, history, and relations of the Indian Ocean Rim.

INAF 100 - Development of India, Shareen Joshi

Focused on India's economic and social development, this first-year proseminar will help students develop critical approaches to the study of global issues and gain the academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in the SFS.

INAF 212 - Democracy in IndiaMilan Vaishnav
For the past seven decades, India has defied the predictions of skeptics who predicted its democratic form of government would not withstand the pressures imposed by poverty, illiteracy, ethnic diversity, and its sprawling geography. This course will explore the conceptual underpinnings of democracy and India's supposed outlier status. 

INAF 287 - Politics of IndiaIrfan Nooruddin
Focusing on the period from 1947 to present, this class examines the political institutions of India, political economy, and state-society interactions with the goal of understanding the implications on social reform and regional security. 

INAF 311 - India Innovation Studio: Designing for Public Health IIrfan Nooruddin, Mark Giordano
Each year, this studio-based course examines a different problem facing India. The course operates in partnership with the Indian government and civil society stakeholders to design, prototype and implement a solution on the ground. This year, the topic is improving public health, specifically reducing infant and maternal mortality. 

INAF 431 - South Asia: Issues of War and PeaceTouqir Hussain
Taught by a former ambassador of Pakistan, this course uses the historical context of the Cold War as well as modern themes of globalization to understand the potential for interstate conflict in South Asia. 

JCIV 016 - Dialogue/Debate/Diff: Jews&Hindus, Rabbi Gartner, Dr Sharan
Debate, dialogue, and disagreement play central roles in both Dharmic traditions and in Judaism.  In this course, we'll explore millennia-old Jewish and Dharmic techniques to turn what might otherwise devolve into divisive, destructive and hate-filled rhetoric into productive, respectful and constructive "conversational -conflict," what is called in Judaism: Arguments for the Sake of Heaven. 

LING 443 - Sanskrit, TBA
It is a course for beginners with no prior knowledge of Sanskrit. It consists of readings (from classical and Vedic) and discussions of its relationship with Greek, Latin, and other classical Indo-European languages. 

LSHV-464 Gandhi's IndiaAriel Glucklich 
By reading religious texts that impacted Gandhi's ethics, this course will survey the philosophical and cultural foundations of Gandhi's work and political action. 

SEST 573 - Security Issues in South AsiaChristine Fair
This class will examine how political and social infrastructure in South Asia affect security calculation, American interest in the region, and the rise of India as a global power.

THEO 059 - The Philosophies of IndiaAriel Glucklich
Focusing on Hindu texts, this class will survey different religious and philosophical commentary from the Rig Veda to Vivekananda with an approach that combines history and philosophy.

THEO 056 - Tibetan BuddhismBrandon Dotson
This course offers a survey of Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhist traditions from the 8th century to the present day. By the end of the course, we will be familiar with the broad outlines of Tibetan Buddhist traditions as approached from historical, philosophical, and anthropological perspectives.