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 Hindi language. Other cultural immersion activities such as music classes, Bharatanatyam classes, and Marathi language classes are also available.

Courses at Georgetown

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 in religion and the modern capitalist world.

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.

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 on 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 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. 

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.