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Spring Courses 2016

SAX 300 Integrating Capstone Seminar for South Asia Concentrators

Andy Rotman
T 1:10 - 2:30 pm
This course is designed for graduating South Asia Concentrators. The goal is to provide an opportunity for every student to synthesize the material to which she has been exposed through her concentration courses and internships, and to present her integrating project to the rest of the class for feedback. Students will read assigned material, do moodle posts and participate in class discussion. The course runs for the first seven weeks in a semester. (E) 1 credit

200-Level Courses

ANT 261 Law and Family in South Asia
Julia Kowalski
MW 1:10 - 2:30 pm
In this class, we use ethnographic and historical research to examine what law and kinship can teach us about how the past shapes the present in post-colonial South Asia. We examine how a perspective that seriously considers law and kinship can help us better understand contemporary dilemmas in South Asia, ranging from controversy over women's right to inherit property, to the role of caste in contemporary democratic politics. As we do so, we read ethnographies, historical texts, and primary documents. No prior knowledge about South Asia necessary. (E) {S} 4 credits

HST 201 (L) The Silk Road
Richard Lim
MW 2:40 - 4 pm
The premodern contacts, imagined and real, between East and West. Cultural, religious and technological exchanges between China, India and Rome. The interactions between these sedentary societies and their nomadic neighbors. The rise and fall of nomadic empires such as that of the Mongols. Trade, exploration and conquest on the Eurasian continent. We sample pertinent travel accounts as a form of ethnographical knowledge that reproduces notions of cultural identity and civilization. {H} 4 credits

HST 285 Aspects of South Asian History: Gandhi’s World: Interconnected Histories of Modern South Asia, 1857-1970
Uditi Sen (History)
TTh 10:30 - 11:50 am
Besides a basic narrative of anticolonial nationalism in India from 1857 to 1947 (Gandhi lived from 1869 to 1948), it will also use his writings and diverse interests to introduce students to critical themes, such as history of ideas through what Gandhi read and his writings, caste and gender as embattled notions within Indian politics, history of imperial migrations through his stint in South Asia and end with his global legacy of non-violent resistance, with a special focus on MLK's use of Gandhi. {H} 4 credits

REL 276 Religious History of South Asia: Medieval to Modern
Andy Rotman (Religion)
MW 1:10 - 2:30 pm
An introduction to the ideas and practices of South Asian Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs, Parsis, and Jews, with an emphasis on how these religious identities are constructed and contested. Materials to be considered include philosophical writings, ritual texts, devotional poetry, comic books, legal treatises, newspaper clippings, personal memoirs, as well as ethnographic and popular films. {H} 4 credits

REL 277 South Asian Masculinities

Andy Rotman (Religion)
MW 2:40 - 4 pm
This course considers the role of religion in the construction of male identities in South Asia, and how these identities function in the South Asian public sphere. Topics to be considered will include: Krishna devotion and transgender performance; the cinematic phenomenon of the "angry young man"; hijras and the construction of gender; wrestling and the politics of semen retention; and the connection between Lord Ram and the rise of militant Hindu nationalism. {S} 4 credits

300-Level Course

SOC 327 Seminar: Global Migration in the 21st Century
Payal Banerjee (Sociology)
M 7:30 - 9:30 pm
This 300-level seminar provides an in-depth engagement with global migration. It covers such areas as theories of migration, the significance of global political economy and state policies across the world in shaping migration patterns and immigrant identities. Questions about imperialism, post-colonial conditions, nation-building/national borders, citizenship, and the gendered racialization of immigration will intersect as critical contexts for our discussions. Prerequisite: SOC 101, a course on global political economy, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 12. {S} 4 credits

Five College Courses Spring 2016

There are also many South Asia-related courses offered throughout the Five Colleges. You can use the Five College Course Guide to find courses with a South Asia focus.

Amherst College
Catalog available October 26

Hampshire College
Catalog available October 27

Mount Holyoke College
Catalog available October 27

UMass Amherst

Catalog available November 2