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Academics: semester & yearThe semester and academic year curriculum offers courses and internships (professional, community service, etc.). Courses are offered at the Symbiosis International University (SIU), Liberal Arts College. Internships are organized at various companies, NGOs and humanitarian organizations. Students can enroll in up to 20 credits (5 courses) per semester. Most, but not all, courses at SIU are 4 semester credits (60 contact hours). Internships are 3 to 6 credits. Comprehending India: The Living Past is a required course. Hindi Language is highly recommended. Click on a course title to view the description and download syllabus. If a description or syllabus is not available on this website, contact KEI and we will email you the course information. A PDF file with an updated list of courses offered in the Fall and Spring will be available in the Download file box on this page a couple of months prior to the start of each semester. Use the PDF file to select your courses.
Hindi Language & Regional StudiesComprehending India: The Living Past
The course seeks to focus on aspects of the Indian past that aren’t dead and gone but continue to persist in the present, shape it and influence it. It will focus on the influence of Buddhism and Sufism on India, celebration of unity and the negation of diversity in India and the caste system among others. Hindi Language - Beginner
Hindi is a modern Indo-Aryan language spoken in South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Nepal) and also in other countries outside Asia (Mauritius, Trinidad, Fiji, Surinam, Guyana, South Africa and other countries). Approximately six hundred million people speak Hindi, as either a first or second language. It is ranked among the five most widely spoken languages of the world. This Hindi course, for beginners, is designed to develop aural ability, oral facility, reading and comprehension.
Prerequisites: none Hindi Language - Intermediate
This course is intended as further study in the Hindi language. This course further develops and expands upon the principles and foundations established in Beginner Hindi. The overall goal of this course is to prepare the students to a high proficiency level of Hindi. This course is designed to further develop fluency in oral and written communication. In addition to the class, small group activities facilitated cultural interactions and individual assignments. This course relies heavily on student interaction, partner activities and group work. A balance of all four language skills: speaking, listening, comprehension, reading, and writing.
Prerequisites: Hindi Language (Beginner) or equivalent Urdu Language - Beginner
This is elementary Urdu course and is intended for students who are at beginner’s level. Speaking, listening, reading and writing will be taught and all four skills will have the same emphasis. Sentence structure and grammar constructions will be mainly presented through example/models, however, necessary/required explanation of relevant grammar constructions/points will also be given in class. Students will also be lectured on the Origin and development of the Urdu language and the literary tradition of Urdu in India.
Prerequisites: none Urdu Language - Intermediate
This course is intended to compliment Beginning Urdu I and builds upon the knowledge, vocabulary and skills previously developed. Students will have a short review and begin to approach topics related to Indian Culture through the Urdu language. Vocabulary acquisition and proper grammar in a conversational context will be the focus of classroom activities while homework assignments will focus on reading and writing.
Prerequisites: Urdu Language Beginner or similar The Indian Constitution
Law is an integrated purposive system, residing in hierarchy of agencies, moved by and applying a hierarchy of norms. Constitution of a Nation expresses the central values and concerns of the society. In this sense, the prime goal of Constitutional Law is to align social context with Legal Rules and institutionalized mechanisms of control. Knowing constitutional Law therefore involves interdisciplinary, contextual and critical approach to the text and doctrinal discourse of bare text of Law. Contemporary Indian Economy
The syllabus gives an overview of nature of Indian economy, followed by discussion and understanding of Human Development index. The course examines and addresses major concerns of Indian Economy. The course is data based and gives analytical account of the economic issues and problems. The syllabus also gives updated and comprehensive account of the issues concerning various sectors of Indian Economy. India's Foreign Policy
This course is aimed at providing the students with an in depth understanding of India’s foreign policy. The historical approach to the question will be examined, as will be the options for the country moving forward. The course explores India’s relations with her neighbours and with the world at large. The course will also discuss trade, aid and India’s nuclear policy. Verily Food is Life: the Story of India Through its Food
Foundations of Indian Philosophy
Modern Indian Thinkers
Indian Political Thought
Public Policy and Governance in India
Business & EconomicsPrinciples of (Micro) Economics
This is an introductory course in the study of international relations. The goal of this course is to acquaint you with the concepts, ideas, andanalytical tools necessary to understand state behavior and relationships among actors in the international system. In this class we will examine various models such as the Mandala Model, Balance of Power Model, Arms Race Model, Deterrence Model, Disarmament Model and Gandhian Model. Principles of Macro-Economics
The course begins with acquainting students about Developments in Macroeconomics, goals of macroeconomic policy, and conceptual clarification of important concepts used in macroeconomics and concludes with the discussion on circular flow of income. The course makes the students conversant with measurement of macroeconomic aggregates and difficulties in measurement of National Income. The syllabi does a detailed study on classical and Keynesian schools of thought and discusses relevance of their philosophy as well as critically examines their assumptions and laws. Students are also acquainted with Savings and Investment, Inflation and Deflation Business Cycles and Anti-Cyclical Policies. The course gives a bird’s eye view on Post-Keynesian macroeconomics and financial system of India. Money, Banking & Finance
The syllabus has major components of money, banking and finance which facilitate understanding of economics. A clear understanding of the operations of money and banking and their interaction with rest of the economy is essential for students to realize how monetary forces operate through a multitude of channels. The Course is an optimal integration of monetary theory, banking institutions and government which combines with itself a systematic discussion of the theory, institutions and policy in general and with special reference to India International Economics & Finance
The course will equip the students get a broad outlook on the various facets and components of international trade and finance. The topics covered will help them traverse through the microeconomic analysis of trade and the macroeconomic analysis of international finance. The course sets out to explain the various motivations to international trade and the manner in which trade policy has changed over the last century. The course further advances to addresses the key international institutional framework before getting started with macroeconomic aspects such as the balance of payment structure and the exchange rate mechanism. Principles of Econometrics
Econometrics lies at the intersection of statistics, economics, and computer science. It is the science (and art) of confronting economic models with data for the purposes of testing the models, predicting future events, or generating policy advice. Specialists in Econometrics use computers to apply statistics to analyze / solve economic problems. Thus while we will refresh basics of statistics and learn an econometric technique called multiple regression analysis in the first four units of this course, the remaining seven units require a good understanding of micro and macro economics for to enable the application of econometric techniques learned. This course devotes specific time to applying econometrics to four different substantive economic questions. Large parts of this course can be applied to the study of other social sciences as well. Comparative Economics
Comparative Economics deals with the comparative study of different systems of economic organization, such as capitalism, socialism, feudalism and the mixed economy. The course also deals with economic effects of transitions from one economic organization to another. This is a new and evolving field of economic study. Development Economics & Sustainable Development
Part I of the course equips students with the understanding of concepts and approaches in Economic Development. It also discusses the characteristics of an underdeveloped economy. The course critically examines few important theories of economic development and also highlights the relevance of various growth models. Part II of the course introduces alternative concepts, principles and practices of Sustainable Development (SD). It examines the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of SD by focusing on changing patterns of consumption, production, and distribution of resources. This course includes an international focus and examines the impact of globalization, the role of the private sector, and NGOs. This course also considers the evolving models of the economic evaluation of SD initiatives and programs. Comparative Finance
Public Finance explores the role of government in the economy, applying tools of basic microeconomics to answer important policy questions. In particular, we will consider some of the reasons for government intervention in a market economy and study the impact of government expenditure programs and taxation systems on the welfare and behaviour of its citizens. The course will cover a wide range of issues in public finance with a focus on current policy debates and issues. History of Economic Thought
This course offers a comprehensive survey of world economic history, designed to introduce students to the subject matter and methodology of economic history. Topics are chosen to show a wide variety of historical experience and illuminate the process of industrialization. The course focuses on a set of countries, which followed clearly diverse trajectories and patterns of growth to achieve their industrial transition and compares the outcomes of these diverse trajectories on sectoral change, inter-sectoral relations, labour processes and industrial relations and also compares the role of the state in facilitating the respective trajectories. Organizational Communication and Decision Making
This introductory paper to the Business Studies Major / Minor will focus on communication in general and communication in organisations in particular. Topics covered will include open and effective communication, barriers to communication, nonverbal communications, organisational theory, organisational strategy, etc. Principles of Management & Contemporary Issues in Business & Management
Human Resource Management
Information Technology for Management
Business Laws, Ethics and Corporate Governance
Communications: Journalism, Media & FilmMedia Theories with Culture and Communication
Media Theories, along with Culture and Communication are deeply integrated - one shapes the other. We have seen that ideologies, new thoughts and even new media have regularly impacted the content and distribution ideas - and these are defined by the cultures that surround them. Understanding the nature of culture in relationship to communication is helpful in a number of ways. First, it helps to explain the origin of differences between the practices, beliefs, values, and customs of various groups and societies, and it provides a reminder of the communication process by which these differences came into being. This knowledge can and should heighten people’s tolerance for cultural differences. Second, it helps to explain the process that individuals go through in adapting to new relationships, groups, organizations, and societies and the cultures of each. Third, it underscores the importance of communication as a bridge between cultures and as a force behind cultural change. Introduction to Print and Audio-Visuals
This course will introduce students to the essential aspects of the Print Media, with a fundamental understanding of Mass Media. The course will introduce students to News & Information, News Media Operations, Journalism: an overall scenario, Definition, duties and purpose of journalism and concept, Journalism versus Literature/Art/History. The course will also introduce the Audio Visual Media, understanding its history, influence and the ways of seeing and hearing in different media’s such Films, Radio, television, digital media, computer games etc. Visual and Audio Communication
Introduction to Audio Visual Radio and Television
Journalism in Print, Electronic and Cyber Media
This is an overview of what makes a journalist. It introduces students to the aspects of journalism as it is practised in the world of media. General Principles in a Newspaper
News Editing: Process by which information on current affairs is presented to readers in an entertaining way for their enlightenment
Readeris Requirements: What the Reader is interested in as a member of Society. How to give it to him is the problem of the newspaper
Basic Responsibilities: Advertisement, Circulation & Readership. Each of these functions are correlated Audio-Visual, Radio & Television
The meaning of electronic media: Core electronic media-radio and television, Secondary electronic media—audio and video cassettes, Extended electronic media—CDs, memory sticks, Interactive multimedia—CD ROMs and DVD ROMs, New electronic/digital media—Internet, virtual storage Marketing Communication - Advertising, PR & Events
The meaning of electronic media: Core electronic media-radio and television, Secondary electronic media—audio and video cassettes, Extended electronic media—CDs, memory sticks, Interactive multimedia—CD ROMs and DVD ROMs, New electronic/digital media—Internet, virtual storage Practical Creation of a Newsroom/ Film / Marketing Communication
Marketing Communication is a holistic concept that ensures a comprehensive look at communicating to the audiences across all platforms. This course will be inclusive in theory with a strong hands on approach. Films - Structure to Scripting
Introduction to understand the designing, structure and making of film making. Students will be introduced to the concepts of cinema. The purpose of the course is for students to hands on film scriptwriters Marketing Principles & Communication
As future communication managers, the students need to examine the intentions of marketers in attempting to communicate with consumers and buyers and other people after understanding their needs / wants. This is a foundation course introducing students to the concepts. Consumer Behaviour
Consumer behavior has developed, originally as part of marketing study and more recently as a distant discipline, with contributions from psychology, economics, sociology, organisational behaviour and anthropology. This is a foundation course to understand behavioural science concepts in mass communication and communication management. Understanding Modern Theatre: In Theory, Performance and Practice
Advertising & Contemporary Culture
Advertising is part of an extremely sophisticated system of corporate communications that is embedded within and acted upon by contemporary culture. It has the power to shape consciousness and makes firm and definitive statements about culturally ‘normal’ and desirable relationships and behaviour. Advertising thus plays an important role in helping people form ideas about themselves and their social relationships. This course aims at helping students study the phenomenon of corporate communications in general and advertising in specific. It will expose them to different schools of thought related to culture and the specific culture of consumption. It will also explore the power we believe advertising possesses and it’s positive and negative implications on the life we lead. The course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of advertising and cultural studies. The course will largely take a critical perspective after briefly outlining the history of advertising and the concept of culture. Current Events
Current Events is a course structured to give the student an understanding of current issues in areas as wide as sports, politics, culture, history, science, economics, finance etc. In this course an event like NH7 will hold as much importance as FDI or IPL, or a current political revelation. We will make an attempt to look beyond the obvious and trace the path of the events evolution. The course emphasizes research done by the student covering topics that hold meaning in today’s life. Rhetoric & Critical Writing
The Rhetoric and Critical Writing course has been specifically designed to develop and strengthen both a student’s written skills as well his/her analytical abilities. The course begins with working and nurturing the students’ analytical or critical thinking skills. It helps the students to write better and critically analyze their work. Through different forms of media, students will learn to look at various aspects and break down the argument presented. A well-educated and articulate mind is one that can effectively and critically use all four language skills i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing. Technical Writing
This course will train students of First Year Liberal Arts in social science academic writing skills. The purpose of the course is to act as a foundational writing course upon which students will then build skills required for other courses in the Liberal Arts programme. This may include, but is not limited to, Research Methodology, and Media and Journalism. Furthermore, the course will concentrate on both substance and style of writing, thus also training students’ critical and analytical skills. Introduction to the Nature and Theory of Cinema
This course prepares a base for a proper entry into film theory—but at this point only some theoretical approaches are lightly touched upon. The course will take students through the medium of cinema, a glimpse into pre-cinema with special emphasis on India (phad and pat, chitrakathi and puppetry), a history of technology leading to cinema, a brief political and economical history of the nineteenth and the twentieth century and the film movements emerging out of them, etc. The paper will lay emphasis on Silent Cinema from Europe, America and India, and the two film theories emerging out of them. Narrative Cinema
Global Cinema Today
This course will provide students some outlines of the history of the birth and growth of cinema in the world in general and some national cinemas in particular—with special emphasis on Indian cinema. There would be much stress on the art and science of film analysis. Though some learning of notable periods in film history, certain movements and schools of aesthetics, politics and philosophy are mandatory for a Film Appreciation course, the emphasis here would be to understand contemporary global trends—to be aware of the kinds of films students and young people are making today. This course will see more films from the Asian countries (than European and American films). Bollywood and contemporary American cinema would be understood and discussed in the above contexts.
International Relations & Political ScienceIntroduction to International Relations I
This course will introduce students to International Relations as a subject and the need to study it. By establishing the basic principle of a Nation State and its concerns in International Politics, the concept of an International System will be explained. The course will then introduce the students to the various approaches used in the study of IR, namely the Philosophical, Historical, Scientific and Policy Making approaches. Introduction to International Relations II
This is an introductory course in the study of international relations. The goal of this course is to acquaint you with the concepts, ideas, andanalytical tools necessary to understand state behavior and relationships among actors in the international system. In this class we will examine various models such as the Mandala Model, Balance of Power Model, Arms Race Model, Deterrence Model, Disarmament Model and Gandhian Model. International Law and United Nations
The aim of the course is to give students an in depth understanding of international law and the United Nations. Students will appreciate the difference between international relations in peace and war time and will gain considerable knowledge of the various international bodies and organizations of the UN. Iternational Political Economy
This course is aimed at providing students with an introduction to international political economy. After a basic introduction to economics, students will explore the international economic system and its various constituent parts. Also discussed is the role of political economy in the larger context of international relations, as influenced by major actors and institutions in the sphere of international political economy. World Politics
This course is aimed at giving students an understanding of world politics. Students will gain insight into the political situations in world wars I and II. They will also study the world political situation after that, leading to the cold war and détente. Students will gain an appreciation of the disappearance of the bipolar world with the fall of the USSR and the subsequent emergence of the new world political order. The course will stay current with discussions of contemporary issues in the field. Introduction to Political Science
The course on Intellectual Property Rights covers all aspects of creations of the intellect: Images, names, inventions, literary works, artistic works etc. It also addresses new and upcoming areas of Intellectual Property (IP) like Biotechnology, Domain Names, Creative Commons, etc. This course has been designed to give the students a holistic understanding of the subject. What is IP? How is it created? How is it protected? - are a few of the key questions which will be discussed during this course. Conflict Diplomacy and War
Issues in World Politics
Shifting Homelands: Ideology, Migration and Conflict
Politics of Social Justice
Psychology, Sociology & BehaviorIntroduction to Psychology
This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of psychology and psychological inquiry. It has been designed to provide students with the tools necessary for the study of psychology, as an academic discipline and an applied field. Units in this course will cover areas such as memory, emotions, perception, learning, cognition. The focus will be on well-substantiated research and current trends within each of these areas of study. Criminology and Parapsychology
This course introduces students to the factors that influence the human experience and behaviour and introduces criminological theories and the nature of crime in society, with an understanding of crime and criminal behaviour from varying perspectives. It introduces students to social pathology, social construction of crime and violence and issues of prevention and access to justice. Parapsychology provides the beginner student to areas that include history (history of psychology and of science), psychology, magic, psychical research, spiritualism, critical thinking and other sciences. Social Psychology
This course provides a comprehensive overview of human psychological development from the prenatal period through the lifespan. History, theory, and methods specific to developmental study will be discussed as part of this course. At the end of the course the students are expected to identify and describe the major theories, methods, and findings of developmental science across the lifespan of an individual; identify and analyze the influence of culture on development and; relate child development concepts and findings to experiences from their own lives. Major Theories in Psychology
This course provides an introduction to the many theories and principles that underlie social psychology and a basic understanding of how to think about and study human behaviour. The course will provide the students the tools to understand and critically examine psychological research and to encourage application of social psychological research to solve real-world problems. Lastly, the course is designed to help the students understand situations one encounters in everyday life! Developmental Psychology
This course provides the students with an integrative overview of the field of abnormal psychology and the general framework/context within which psychological diagnosis is done. This course will familiarize students with the major psychological problems and disorders; the different theoretical and cultural perspectives of aetiology, the ethical issues involved in diagnosis, among others. At the end of this course, the students will be able to review research in the area of abnormal behaviour, develop intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders and understand the basic framework of social psychological thought and research. Psychological Assessment
This course is designed to give the students an overview of Organizational Behaviour, including individual, group, and organizational issues resulting in a deeper understanding of the world of business and related career concerns. This course seeks to impart knowledge for the organizational structure, explain the areas of organizational psychology and train students for leadership training in organization. Interpersonal Psychology
This course will introduce students to the philosophical assumptions that underlie major theories of personality, and examine the historical and cultural factors that underlie the developments of each of these personality theories. The students will be taught how to identify, describe, and apply the major theories of personality, including Psychoanalytic, Neopsychoanalytic, Lifespan , Trait, Humanistic, Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Learning approaches and analyze, compare, and utilize them to assess case studies of personality disorders. Counselling and Psychotherapy
This course will familiarize the students with the basic psychometric concepts and formulas and help them identify and discuss principles of psychological measurements, including reliability, validity and standard scores. The students will also be familiarised with the basic principles of test construction and the relevant theories of intelligence as well as the psychometric and empirical foundation for the process of assessing intellectual ability. The course will also introduce the professional and ethical issues related to the practice of psychological assessment. Behaviour in Organizations
This course will provide an introduction to the field of counselling psychology and psychotherapy practice, including its approaches, models, techniques and ethical considerations. At the end of the course the students will be able to understand counselling theories that provide ways to conceptualize client presentation, understand the different counselling interventions and their appropriate applications, develop a personal model of counselling and understand a systems perspective that provides an understanding of family and other systems theories. Contemporary Studies and Dissertation
At the end of this course, the students are expected to write a thesis proposal, orally defend the thesis proposal, conduct thesis research, write and orally defend the final thesis. This course will introduce students to the process of conducting research, reading and discussing the literature and building an outline of the thesis work, forming the basic structure of the thesis, fundamental objectives of scientific research and objectivity in writing results, composition and structure, and sources of information about academic writing. Psychopathology
What is Anthropology?
This course introduces students to the subject with a basic understanding of the concepts and the subject matter of study within the discipline. It outlines the development of the subject in its historical perspective with the theoretical orientations through the centuries in building an understanding of Man and his Culture in the past and the present which is central to the discipline. Physical / Biological Anthropology
Socio-Cultural Anthropology 2
Anthropology Today: Its Applications
Liberal Arts & General EducationCreativity & Innovations
This course combines theory and experiential assignments to introduce students to the main concepts of creativity and innovation. It will explore their crucial importance to individuals, organizations, and the entrepreneurial process. Students will be introduced to a few tools to promote creativity within themselves and others, processes to increase innovation, how to contribute to a creative team, how to manage creativity, and how to establish a culture of creativity within an organization. As a result, students will have greater understanding of and appreciation for the creative/innovative processes and be better able to harness and direct those forces for themselves and others. This course provides students an approach to contribute in a unique and productive way to today's entrepreneurial and organizational demands. Introduction to Wellness Management, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The course will be an amalgamation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM and Wellness management. The term complementary medicine is given to various sciences and/or products, used to complement or ‘used together with’ the mainstream medical treatment. Alternative medicine is the use of complementary sciences ‘instead of or in lieu of’ main stream medicine. Knowledge of CAM helps one to deal with many conditions that are encountered in our day to day life. In this module of complementary and alternative medicine, the student will be made to understand the different types of CAMs. OOP's The Mystery: Objects Out of Place, the Unexplained and the Unexplainable
Throughout your life you will have read or heard about Histories Mysteries, Legends, Myths and things that just should not be there the infamous OOP’s or Objects Out of Place. Join us on a journey that will take us through the Ages and Around the World as we search together for clues to try and understand these enigmatic mysteries. This is not a course aimed at instilling a particular answer, but rather will take you on a journey at the end of which you will be able to learn to look at things as they are and not what you think they are. The course will explore subjects, concepts and ideas like creation myths, Gods, lost civilisations, UFO’s, spaceships and much more! Research Methodology
This course provides an introduction to research methodology, providing students with a framework for research methodology, which is a foundation for their individual research projects and dissertations. Students will learn to review literature, identify a research problem, formulate hypotheses and identify appropriate research designs for their proposed project. This course will be followed by workshops that will focus on construction of data tools, data collection and analysis, and writing a research report in later semesters. Literature & Writing
The primary goal of this course is to facilitate students in learning to express their thoughts, ideas, stories & opinions with confidence & skill. The course structure is aimed at allowing them to open up their senses as well as their minds; to overcome any inhibitions. The class environment is intentionally charged to challenge students to push themselves out of their comfort zone. They learn how to critically assess events or situations and present their perspectives. They are guided on how to use language to emphasize & complement their thoughts. They are given the freedom to test their skills in the classroom and receive regular feedback on their performance from their peers as well as the faculty. Reading the Classics
This course aims to address the questions: What are the classics? Classic Literature usually involves literary works that are universally accepted as being exemplary pieces, either through lists presented by various reputed and established institutions, or through a reader's own personal opinion. Short Stories from Around the World
The art of storytelling is doubtlessly older than record of civilization. Even the so called modern short story, which was the latest of the major literary types to evolve, has an ancient origin. Perhaps the oldest and most direct ancestor of the short story is the anecdote and descriptive story, straight to the point. The ancient fable and parable, blatantly have brief narrative used to enforce some moral or divine truth, and have anticipated the unadorned conciseness and accord of some short stories written today. The purpose of this module is to examine some of the best short stories around the world and explore the central niggles of the form, including its unique presentation of the writer's expressions, its belief on myth, magic and chance and the presentation of ruthless truths, the manner in which it represents the channel of time and of lives within so short a space, and of course the precision of its language, imagery, portrayals and narrative strategies. Throughout the module, the students will be encouraged to explore different, often conflicting, traditions within the form and exam works from writers such as O'Henry, Roald Dahl, Katherine Mansfield, H. Munro, Chinua Achebe, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marques, Rabindranath Tagore, Lu Xun, etc. Literature and Gender
This course will analyse the effects of gender on human imagination and consequently, the works of art such as essays, novels, shorts stories, poems and plays - which are the voices of collective consciousness, and also explore the female and male voice as evidenced in Literature by women and about women by male authors. The course will strengthen and free student’s voices by questioning traditional assumptions and arbitrary norms of patriarchy through creative and passionate discourse. Reading World Poetry I
One of the best ways of understanding the wealth in thoughts, ideas and culture of people and places is to study poetry. In many ways poetry is the purest form of expression – it gives an insight into a mind that constantly quests for reaching beyond simple thoughts and expresses what is beneath the façade. The World poetry course will look at the way different areas across the world express social movements, war, love, children’s poetry, and the all human drama and feelings. This will include the vast areas of Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia, Middle Asia, Middle East, Persia, Eurasia, Europe, Africa, the continent of Australia, North and South America. Poetry will become a journey the minds, and language, because it is in many ways the highest achievement of human evolution. Reading World Poetry II
A study of representative works of world literature from Antiquity, the middle Ages, and the Renaissance, across the world. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of several poetic and literary traditions. An important goal of the class is to promote an understanding of the works in their cultural/historical contexts and of the enduring human values which unite the different literary traditions. The course's pedagogy gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity as well as comparative and interdisciplinary analysis. The course will take the students through the works of the mystical poets of India, the poets from the East, Australia and New Zealand and Britain. The Novel
The novel is a mighty melting pot and as a genre resists exact definition. It may be said to be a prose fiction of a reasonable length, though there are novels in verse. Typically written in a narrative style and presented as a bound book, Novels tell stories. The novel has been a part of human culture for a few hundred years, although its origins are somewhat debated. Regardless of how it began, the novel has risen to prominence and remained one of the most popular and treasured examples of human culture and writing. Its form and presentation tends to change with the times, but it remains an essential part of the literary cultures of nearly all societies around the world. Through the novels taught in this module, students may have the opportunity to investigate human consciousness, go on adventures recounted, or follow historical, sociological, and psychological tales that portray human thought, culture, tradition, philosophy, perception and much more, through the ages. Art Appreciation: Visual & Performing
Idea of Art: Art, Aesthetics & Art History
What is Art and when did man begin to produce works of Art? When did Art evolve for the sake of Art? When did Art go beyond being a part of objects of everyday existence like beautifully made and painted pots and pans, jewelry etc.? An artist's or an artisans / craftsman's creation while reflecting his personal perception of an object or an event is always affected by the needs of society, his own experiences and often the social angst. Over time this has led to the creation of different styles or schools of art right from the prehistoric to the present. The Heart of Haiku
This course would equip you with the art of appreciating and attempting to write Haiku. You will be exposed to other allied genres like Tanka (a five line lyrical poem), Haibun (tight prose embedded with haiku), Renku (collaborative linked verse). World Music: Crossroads of Space, Place and Identity
This course introduces students to the complex and often contradictory nature of intercultural encounters through music. We will focus on how music from around the world shed light on key social and cultural problems in the study of globalization. Students will also gain familiarity with some of the structural features of the music we explore. No musical background, however, is required for this class. Instead, students will be required to critically evaluate the texts we read, the films we watch, and the music we hear, demonstrating both a command of the material and a unique insight based on their own values and perspectives. Uday Shankar Style of Creative Dance
Uday Shankar created a new genre in Indian Dance which did not exist before – the genre of Indian Creative Dance. Traditionally, Indian Dance was more or less divided into two specific categories – classical and folk. Through his compositions, Uday Shankar introduced his own unique movements and used them to depict various themes. The movements he created were sometimes inspired by music and at other times by gestures of real life. They were Indian in spirit without being provincial in nature. They incorporated the finesse and sophistication of the classical styles as well as the liveliness of the folk dance form. Given that dance is a performing art, there will be two aspects to this course - theoretical and practical. The students will put a performance at the end of the semester which will be their final assessment. Introduction to Theater Making
The introductory course will help students appreciate and understand the art of theatre making. The course will introduce students to various tools and fundamental principles of theatre making process, through which they will gain a deeper understanding of, the role of performer as creator, the construction and the creation process. Philosophy & Religion
Introduction to Philosophy
This course is designed as an 'Introduction to Philosophy' and presupposes no exposure to the subject on the part of the students. It focuses on the conceptual birth of Philosophy and through this hopes to shed some light on questions which have occupied philosophers ever since. While this course will touch upon and include Indian Philosophy at various points, it is primarily centered on the western idea of Philosophical tradition. Women Philosophers
This course aims to to introduce students to various perspectives on identity, language and ethics from the viewpoint of women philosophers. Comparative Religions
Religion, as a set of fundamental beliefs and practices is the bedrock on which societies have evolved and developed since the evolution of Man as they contain within them the rules and codes that allow people to interact both amongst themselves and with the natural world in which they live. Religion thus played for many millennia the same role that science plays today – it evolved theories to explain natural phenomena; only it attributed the root cause to Supernatural Beings, Gods and Goddesses each with a character and garb of its own leading to the creation of many forms of belief systems referred to as 'Religions'. Today its diverse forms range from the Nature religions of many tribal groups, to the pluralistic and monotheistic major religions like Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. On this voyage through the world religions, let us discover their greater similarities and finer differences and learn how minutely they pervade our very existence.
Prerequisites: none Comparative Mythology
Mythology is the greatest treasure of a culture! Myths are metaphors of the ‘inner truths, inner threshold of passages and inner mysteries’, as much as they are testimony to man’s relation to society, nature and cosmos. Any genuine and serious study of mythology is essentially comparative, as it allows one to see beyond the ethnic and folk idea, and discover the core ideas that breathe in these powerful symbols. These timeless narratives are renewed through fresh readings and interpretations, and reshaped into new ritual routines by every generation, and every individual experiencing their transformational magic. The Course attempts to explore the most significant narrative themes, patterns, motifs and symbols, in World Mythology, that inform and enrich all fields of human endeavour. Comparative Mythology supplies a dynamic scholarship to those strongly directed to specialise in, or interpret, the vast domain of cross- cultural studies. Greek Philosophy
This course is aimed at students with little or no background in Philosophy. Through the ancient Greeks, students will learn about how Philosophy took birth what its lasting influence has been on civilization, all across the globe. Pioneers of philosophical thinking will be explored through their own writings. A historical approach will be taken through most of the course, starting with the early Greek philosopher, moving to Socrates, Plato & Aristotle. The lasting influence of these systems of thought will be discussed and examined in class. Introduction to Marxism
Marxism has been one of the most powerful ideas that has influenced and shaped human history. This course deals with the analytical understanding of the various theories propounded by Karl Marx, which together form the philosophy known as Marxism. Starting from the historical background when capitalism took birth, the course moves on to the theoretical foundations of the philosophy, namely, Dialectical and Historical Materialism, leading to Marx’s critique of the capitalist political economy. This is followed by the theory of Imperialism and the application of Marxism in politics. Introduction to Multicultural Worldviews
This experiential course aims to foster awareness of one’s own and others cultural worldviews. A worldview is a framework of thoughts, ideas and attitudes each of us carries about the world around us. This comprehensive system of beliefs is shaped by our cultural backgrounds, influences, and experiences. The course will introduce students to discovering / re-discovering their own multiple cultural identities each carries with him/her. Cultural identities includes age, family background, ability / disability, religion / spirituality, language, caste, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, national identity, gender, geographic regions, urban-rural influences, and many more. These multiple identities influence unique individual worldviews within each of us. Students will learn to recognize their identities and the impact of their identity and worldview on others around them. Culture & Social Studies
Diversity is an all-encompassing terminology which means understanding each individual as unique and recognizing individual differences. In other words, diversity is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. Diversity can be observed and experienced in everyday life situation along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, language, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment to accept and respect its existence. Peace & Conflict Studies
This is the class for people who want to understand the world and make a difference (and have a life, too!). The primary focus will be on recognizing levels of violence and conflict – from interpersonal, community-level to intrastate, interstate, and global. Within these levels, there is direct violence (physical, observable violence/aggression) and structural violence (in the form of institutional oppression). Many of the insights gained through the course are subject for discussions and possible applications for peacemaking and peace building. My interpretation of peace building is as broad as conflict resolution, to traditional peace movements to a full range of dispute resolution and peace building roles. Also included in this idea are closely related fields like human rights, development, security, social justice and advocacy. Society and Science
This course aims at helping students critically analyse the interaction of science and society. The course will take students through the development of science over the ages and what all constitute the scientific method. The course will force students to think of whether a confluence is possible between science, tradition and religion. From there, the focus will shift to whether science is responsible for wars across the globe, and whether the practice of science is beyond social realities of prejudices. Impact of Science & Technology on Human Civilisation
Culture in Making
20th Century: Bloodiest Century in Human History
The 20th Century is a remarkable century in the history of mankind. It went down into history as the century in which man delved the deepest into himself (double helical structure of the DNA) and the universe around him (Lunar Landing, space travel). Remedies for several ancient moral diseases were perfected and were affordably available. Yet newer, fatal and incurable diseases like AIDS surfaced. The computer evolved from its initial football field size to that of the human palm. The scope of human liberty, democracy, empowerment and entitlement increased. Persistent and rigorous efforts made by women to assert their humanity seemed to be bringing forth a more egalitarian social order. It was also the century of mass and inexpensive production of goods and services, of their speedier distribution; mass simultaneous and comparable inexpensive consumption. This enabled more human beings to live longer and healthier lives as compared to their ancestors. Yet mankind was vulnerable to epidemics, natural disasters and to the effects of their actions. One threat that loomed large and seemed to be more real was the insatiable and overpowering urge to annihilate fellow humans for any “real(?)” or imagined cause. Wars for national, ideological, creedal, sub or super national reasons dot the chronology of this century making it like any other before it despite all claims of phenomenal technological and material advancement. The present course seeks to comprehend the violent nature of the 20th century by focusing on some important wars, and the evolving relationship between the wars of the 21st century and those of the 20th. Revisiting the City
The city has been locus of all civilizations. The rise and fall of civilisations appear to be integral to the rise and fall of the cities with which they are associated. Not surprisingly, the city, or the urban form, has attracted the attention of scholars with varying disciplinary background, not limited to only social sciences. This current paper was developed to understand how Pune city has evolved over the years owing a rich history of its own. This course while revisiting the city aims to understand how this city in its globalised avatar warrants a new vantage point to grapple with the paradoxes that the urban form has thrown up. It would try to unravel the dream and aspirations of city’s urban population and question how different collective expression of aspirations gives way to urbanization and develop new urban reality. While doing so, this course will point out the specific conditions – physical, social, cultural, economic, political such as ethnicity, religion, and identity, city planning and programme implementation, migration, squatting, gentrification and the role played by the media– which may act as facilitators or constraints in attaining such dream and aspirations. Environment & Sustainability
Environmental Awareness: Only One Earth
This course has been designed with three objectives: 1) to sensitize students regarding environmental issues; 2 ) to develop a perspective for 'sustainability'; and 3) to get introduced to management practices. Environmental education has been made compulsory in school and colleges. It has been observed that students find it boring for the same reason, that it is compulsory. Initially, they face scientific jargon of the text books and secondly, they develop a feeling that anything enjoyable is against environment. So, how do we care for it? They may not articulate this thinking and express it openly. But this is one of the major underlying thoughts. The present course will tackle this issue with a fresh outlook and methodology based on direct experience.
Prerequisites: none Sustainability Studies
The course is aimed at a two fold objective: 1) Understanding the unavoidable consequences that have arisen out of the choices made in the 18th and 19th centuries, and to explore ways and means of minimizing the damage, if possible; and 2) Exploring alternative paths to create a more sustainable and equitable world, the foundations of which need to be laid today so that it can take over when the havoc created by the past mistakes is brought under control. Computational Sciences
This course is meant to equip students with fundamental knowledge of all important applications of computers. This would involve understanding concepts and applying them in academic, industrial and other spheres. The course will not include coding or any other fields of computer science / studies. Quantitative Reasoning I: Mathematics
Mathematics is one of the compulsory schools-subjects all over the world, yet it has a frowning face for most of the students. One of the primary objectives of the course would be to make mathematics more humane and bring it in the reach of most of the learners. The course looks forward to curtailment of ‘fear-value index’ attained by mathematics. Mathematics is a subject of real life experiences. This course would try to surface relationship of Mathematics with life in a clearer way. Many students want to pursue one of the other types of competitive examination after their graduation. With utilitarian approach, this course aims at laying foundations for these competitive examinations through the practice of culturally meaningful mathematics. Quantitative Reasoning II: Statistics
Statistics is a tool that is required in undertaking research projects in most social and natural sciences. This course will introduce students to the basics of statistics and the different statistical tools that can be used in problem solving. Computer Systems and Networks
The course covers the elements, evolution and history of networking. These concepts give an insight to the detailed working of networks and telecommunication, its architecture and design. The paper also covers the different types of software which are being used and their applications. The later sections of this course deal with network layers. This helps the students get an insight into how the data transfer takes place on the network, whether on a small scale or on a global scale. The paper also explains the concept of database management and simple queries which can be used to retrieve information in many methods. Programming in C
An insight of procedural programming using C language where students would learn how to write a well structured, self-documenting, and maintainable code using C. Law & Legal Studies
Legislative Processes and Administrative Law
Being the first paper of the Law minor, this course introduces students to the history and background knowledge of the legislative processes, the making of legislation from a Bill to an Act, etc. The course also looks at the interplay of state action and public opinion, delegated legislation, administrative discretion and remedies. Family Law
Criminal Justice Administration
Law of Obligations
Human Rights and Related Laws
The course on Intellectual Property Rights covers all aspects of creations of the intellect: Images, names, inventions, literary works, artistic works etc. It also addresses new and upcoming areas of Intellectual Property (IP) like Biotechnology, Domain Names, Creative Commons etc. This course has been designed to give the students a holistic understanding of the subject. What is IP? How is it created? How is it protected? are a few of the key questions which will be discussed during this course. Indian Penal Code
Indian society has changed rapidly since independence. A proper understanding of changing texture of crimes and methods of controlling them is essential to understand Indian’s better. To know India’s development, knowing the socioeconomic and political undercurrents of crimes is extremely critical. The students can utilize this knowledge to contribute their bit in creating a just and humane society. The course structure outlines here attempts to bring in these perspectives to the law of crimes in India. Cyber Law
The advent of computers has set in motion an inevitable conflict of law and technology. Law inherently tries to set boundaries and regulate conduct within such boundaries. It tries to regulate conduct through uniformity, consistency and stability. On the contrary technology is limitless and ever-changing. The subject of Cyber Law tries to capture, objectify and make sense of this seeming incompatibility. Although the focus of this course is the Indian perspective on cyber law, in certain essential areas the international perspective will also be discussed. I will also distribute reading material in the form of printouts and power point presentations before every lecture. From unauthorized access to hacking, from digital signatures to one time passwords, from Google to Facebook, we will try to unravel the mysteries of the intangible world and hopefully succeed!! Tort Law
Law of Torts sets out the law of private rights and remedies which are not covered by statutes. Students need to be well acquainted with this branch of law governing actions for damages for injuries to certain kinds of rights, like the right to personal security, property and reputation. This branch of common law has large potential to expand and apply its principles in contemporary areas like Human Rights, Environmental Rights, and Intellectual Property Rights. Hence, a student of Law needs to have good knowledge about Law of Torts.
Internships & ServiceInternships (3-6 credits) and community service (no-credit) allow students to learn from practical experience not attainable in a classroom setting. Internships require a minimum commitment of 120 to 240 hours. Community service does not have a minimum requirement, but students must be consistent with their schedule of participation. Placement is based on professional interests. Possible placements include Editya Engineering Co., Bekaert Industries Ltd., Gupte Hospital, Hotel Tourist International, HU Consultancy Ltd., Gupte Orphanage and Tibco Software. Actual placement may be at a different organization. Positions are available in the following fields. business, marketing, finance (limited), information technology, computer science, international relations, journalism, media, tourism, hospitality, environment, medicine, health administration and humanitarian aid.
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