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Fall Courses 2016

SAX 140 Introduction to South Asia Studies
Payal Banerjee and South Asia faculty
M 7:30 - 9 pm

The subcontinent of South Asia includes the modern nations India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.  This course introduces students to the study of South Asia: the history of the region; its cultures and cultural productions; the economic, political and religious forces that shape South Asia; the intersections, cross-affiliations, and linkages among its different nations; and the cross-connections among South Asia, its diaspora, and the contemporary world. It is the gateway course to the South Asia concentration and is required for all concentrators. It is co-taught by all of the Smith faculty associated with the South Asia concentration. Meets second half of semester only. Graded S/U. (E) 1 credit

200-Level Courses

ECO 211 Economic Development
Simon Halliday
TTh 10:30 - 11:50 am

An overview of economic development theory and practice since the 1950s. Why have global economic inequalities widened? What economic policies have been implemented in the developing countries of Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East in search of economic development, what theories underlie these policies, and what have been the consequences for economic welfare in these regions? Topics include trade policy (protectionism versus free trade), financial policy, industrial development strategies, formal and informal sector employment, women in development, international financial issues (lending, balance of payments deficits, the debt and financial crises), structural adjustment policies and the increasing globalization of production and finance. Prerequisites: ECO 150 and ECO 153. {S} 4 credits

ENG 241 The Empire Writes Back: Postcolonial Literature
Ambreen Hai (English Language and Literature)
MW 1:10 - 2:30 pm

An introduction to Anglophone fiction, poetry, drama and film from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia in the aftermath of the British empire. Concerns include: the cultural work of writers as they respond to histories of colonial dominance; their ambivalence towards English linguistic, literary and cultural legacies; the ways literature can (re)construct national identities and histories, and explore assumptions of race, gender, class and sexuality; the distinctiveness of women writers and their modes of contesting cultural and colonial ideologies; global diasporas, migration and U.S. imperialism. Probable writers: Achebe, Soyinka, Ngugi, Aidoo, Dangarembga, Naipaul, Walcott, Cliff, Rushdie, Kureishi, Arundhati Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Meera Syal, and some theoretical essays. {L} 4 credits

SWG 230 Gender, Land and Food Movement
Elisabeth Armstrong
MWF 2:40 - 4 pm

We begin this course by sifting the earth between our fingers as part of a community learning partnership with area farms in Springfield, Hadley and other neighboring towns. Drawing from women’s movements and feminisms across the globe, this course develops an understanding of current trends in neoliberal capitalism. We also map the history of transnational connections between people, ideas and movements from the mid-20th century to the present. Through films, memoirs, history and ethnography, this course explores women’s activism around land and the environment. Students develop community- based research projects in consultation with Springfield food justice activists, link their local research with global agricultural movements, write papers and give one oral public presentation. Prerequisite: SWG 150. {L}{S} 4 credits

300-Level Course

IDP 320 Seminar: Women’s Health of Tibetan Refugees in India

Leslie Jaffe (Interdepartmental)

The purpose of this seminar is to study women's health and cultural issues within India, with a focus on Tibetan refugees, and then apply the knowledge experientially. During J-term, the students will travel to India and deliver workshops on reproductive health topics to young Tibetan women living at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath where they will be further educated in Tibetan medicine. The seminar will be by permission of the instructor with interested students required to write an essay explaining their interest and how the seminar furthers their educational goals. Enrollment limited to 5 students. 4 credits

Five College Courses Fall 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
ARHA 268 Image of Empire
TTh 1 - 2:20 pm
Yael Rice

ASLC 152/RELI 152 Buddhist Traditions
TTh 1 - 2:20 pm
Maria Heim

ASLC 173/HIST 173 Medieval and Early Modern South Asia
MW 2 -3:20 pm
Dwaipayan Sen

ENGL 319/SWAG 331 The Postcolonial Novel
T 1 - 3:30 pm
Krupa Shandilya

Hampshire College
CSI 0233 Intro to History
MW 2:30 -3:50 pm
Uditi Sen

Mount Holyoke College
HIST 124 Modern South Asia
TTh 1:15 - 2:30 pm
Kavita Datla

IR 341 Political Islam
M 1:15 - 4:05 pm
Sohail Hashmi

UMass Amherst
HISTORY 250 Intro to South Asian History and Culture
TTh 1 - 1:50, plus Friday workshop
Priyanka Srivastava

POLISCI 793PC Postcolonial Political Thought
F 2:30 - 5 pm
Yasmeen Daifallah