Undergraduate

Modules

SN1101E South Asia: People, Culture, Development

Modular Credits: 4

This module introduces students to contemporary South Asia in terms of the significant features of social, cultural and economic life. It will discuss the physical and human resources of the region and give an overview of developments at the outset of the new century. The films, the literature and the arts of the region will be introduced throughout the module to provide a wealth of illustration of the changing patterns of life of the people of the seven nations of South Asia.

SN2213 Governance and Politics in South Asia

Modular Credits: 4
Preclusion: PS2247 South Asia: Politics and Foreign Policy

This module focuses on governance and political processes in South Asia. It looks at institutions, political behaviour, party systems, identities and state-society relations. It considers questions of political accountability, corruption and empowerment. It also looks at bases of authoritarianism and democracy in the region. Using a comparative framework, the module explores the diversity in political systems among different countries and analyses on-going political and economic transformations in the region. The module will enable students to think critically about the region's political architecture, and empirically analyse the positive and negative aspects of governance in South Asia.

SN2231 CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIAN ECONOMIES

Modular Credits: 4

This module is concerned with providing a preliminary introduction to the national and regional economies of South Asia. A historical perspective is provided in terms of the passage from colonial to post-colonial economic regimes. Special attention is given to the critical shift in policy orientation during recent decades from planning and development to liberalization and structural adjustment, reflecting concomitant changes in the political orientation of economic development. While the treatment is comparative, it subsumes specific country experiences as well as aspects of economic competition, conflict and cooperation across the South Asian region.

SN2232 SOUTH ASIA: POVERTY, INEQUALITY, POWER

Modular Credits: 4

This module explores linkages between economic and political structures in South Asia, the social organization of production in village and town, and the impacts of technological and demographic change. The focus is on poverty, inequality and social exclusion, as well as relationships of power and the exercise of force and violence. Topics covered include: peasant societies, migration, urbanization, industrialization, environmental degradation, ethnic conflict, women and gender disparity, working children, the state and the black economy. It is taught from basics without requiring any prior knowledge of economics, politics or South Asia, and is open to students of all disciplines.

SN2233 GLOBALIZING INDIA: THE POLITICS OF ECONOMIC CHANGE

Modular Credits: 4

Improving material standards of living of its people has been among Indias key goals since attaining independence in 1947. This module examines overall economic strategy, as well as selected sectoral policies which India has pursued, and assess the extent to which they have succeeded. Relatively greater emphasis will be placed on the post cold-war globalized world. It is since then that India has made a decisive break with the past strategy and policies, and has pursued increasing integration with the world economy in a market-consistent manner.

SN2234 GENDER AND SOCIETY IN SOUTH ASIA

Modular Credits: 4

This module aims to expose students to women's position and gender discrimination in South Asia, relating these to broader aspects of society, economy and culture. Comparisons with the students' own experiences, leading to appreciation of cross-cultural perspectives on women and gender, are part of the envisaged learning outcomes. Topics covered include women's position in the family and the kin-group, the market, social and political institutions, violence and trafficking, feminist critiques, activism and resistance, cinematic and literary expressions. The module would be of general interest to all students concerned about women's position and gender, as well those interested in South Asia.

SN2251 THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION IN INDIA

Modular Credits: 4

This module looks at the dramatic transformation which converging information, communication and media technologies are bringing about in contemporary India. It analyses the evolution of these technologies and the range of outcomes they have brought about in the past. It looks at the growth of Information Technology in India within the larger context of development and governance. It also considers India's competitive advantage in this industry. Finally, the module discusses the likely socio-cultural and political effects of the new technologies.

SN2261 THE EMERGENCE OF CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIA

Modular Credits: 4

This module aims at giving students an understanding of the political developments that have shaped contemporary South Asia. It provides an awareness of the political geography of the region and explains the historical processes by which the political map of South Asia has been constructed. The emergence of the South Asian nations from colonial rule, their different conceptions of 'nationhood' and their search for identity in the post-colonial world are discussed, together with an analysis of the current challenges which the region faces.

SN2271 RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN SOUTH ASIA

Modular Credits: 4

This module introduces the student to the scientific and comparative study of religion in general and to South Asian religions in particular. After an introduction into the discipline of Comparative Study of Religion, the history of this discipline, and the different approaches it offers, the great variety of South Asian religions will be described chronologically and studied from a comparative perspective. For each tradition a survey of the relevant original literature will be given. Further themes to be covered are the co-existence of different religious traditions, and the social and psychological implications of religious values, beliefs and rituals.

SN2273 INTRODUCTION TO INDIAN THOUGHT

Modular Credits: 4
Cross-listed and Preclusion: PH2204/GEK2027

This course is designed to survey the history of Indian philosophy both classical and modern. The course will begin with lectures on the Rig Veda and the Upanishads. It will proceed with the presentation of the main metaphysical and epistemological doctrines of some of the major schools of classical Indian philosophy such as Vedanta, Samkhya, Nyaya, Jainism and Buddhism. The course will conclude by considering the philosophical contributions of some of the architects of modern India such as Rammohan Ray, Rabindrananth Tagore and Mohandas Gandhi.

SN2274 SOUTH ASIAN CULTURES: AN INTRODUCTION

Modular Credits: 4

Popular culture as an academic subject provides a compelling lens to analyse a vast range of topics from family life and urbanisation to leisure and ethics. This module focuses on the different patterns of culture and their mutual exchange in South Asia, through study of a variety of media like art, theatre, TV, advertising, and cinema, in order to arrive at a general understanding of the cultural situation in contemporary South Asia, and to gain deeper insight into emerging trends and fashions.

SN2275 TAMIL STUDIES I

Modular Credits: 4
Pre-requisite: Pass in 'AO' level Tamil

This module seeks to enhance the student's ability to comprehend texts on various subjects as well as to communicate effectively their views on complex issues. Various kinds of text types will be used, including commentaries and abstract discourses.

SN2276 ISLAM: SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN SOUTH ASIA

Modular Credits: 4

This module introduces the student to South Asian Islamic society, culture and religious thought. Especially in Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives, the three South Asian countries with a Muslim majority, Islam forms an important cultural element. The focus of this module will be on the period from c. 1750-1950, during which important developments took place in South Asian Islam. The course will outline the role of Islam in pre-colonial society as well as the movements for religious and political reform of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Questions of language and literature will also be addressed.

SN2277 INDIAN COMMUNITIES IN SOUTEAST ASIA

Modular Credits: 4

The Indian presence has had considerable influence on the development of Southeast Asian societies: in terms of its economic, commercial and political influence; and its role in the everyday life of Southeast Asian multicultural societies. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this module seeks to examine the historical, political, social and economic development of the people from the Indian subcontinent who have come to settle in Southeast Asia. The module will provide students with the necessary framework to analyse the historical and socio-economic development of these communities and their identity concerns. The module will develop critical and analytical skills guiding students in the process of social scientific enquiry.

SN2278 INTRODUCTION TO SIKHISM

Modular Credits: 4

Introduction to Sikhism"Sikhism is one of the most interesting religious traditions of India on account of rich history and unique practices. In this module, students will be introduced to the foundational tenets of Sikhism through an overview of its major texts, practices and practitioners, as well as its historical development in pre-colonial and colonial India. With an appreciation both of the unique history of the Sikh tradition and its place among the world religions, students will acquire a strong foundation in the study of religion and of Indian religions in particular.

SN2279 THE MAKING OF MODERN INDIA: 1856-1947

Modular Credits: 4

This module offers a broad survey of the key issues and ideas that have contributed to the making of modern India in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Using a combination of thematic and chronological approaches, it will focus on the themes of colonialism and resistance. Some of the key issues to be discussed would include the way the British constructed knowledge about India, Indian responses to colonial rule, the coming of mass nationalism, the communal divide and events leading to decolonization and partition. No prior background in Indian History is required for students to study this module.

SN3223 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF SOUTH ASIA

Modular Credits: 4

This module focuses on the International Relations of the South Asian region. It looks at intra-regional relations, the impact of domestic politics on foreign policy, issues of conflict and cooperation and the role of external powers in the region. The foreign policy behaviour of India and Pakistan in particular will be considered. Key issues like the Kashmir conflict, nuclearization of South Asia and terrorism will be explored. The increasing significance of the South Asian region in the emerging global order, regional integration and inter-regional relations will also be analysed.

SN3231 SOUTH ASIA AND THE WORLD ECONOMY

Modular Credits: 4

This module examines the role of South Asia in the world economy. The analysis will be conducted at two levels. The first is how the region as a whole interacts with other regional organizations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and multilateral institutions such as the Asian Development Bank, The World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. The second level concerns external economic linkages and relations of selected individual South Asian countries.

SN3232 SOUTH ASIA: DEVELOPMENT, ISSUES, DEBATES

Modular Credits: 4

This module is concerned with understanding and assessing the development experiences of the South Asian countries. Students are expected to grapple with concrete case studies of development programmes in their work. The coursework covers issues pertaining to rural, agricultural, urban, industrial and human development, as well as their impact upon people and the environment. Particular attention is given to the situation of the poor and the weak, including disadvantaged children, women, and ethnic minorities. The module is taught from basics without requiring any prior knowledge of development theory, economics or South Asia, and is open to students of all disciplines.

SN3261 EXILE, INDENTURE, IT: GLOBAL SOUTH ASIANS

Modular Credits: 4

This module studies the background leading to the mass migration of the South Asians to Southeast Asia in the nineteenth century, and examines their economic, political and cultural contributions towards the development of the Southeast Asian countries in the twentieth century. It will also examine the roles played by South Asian communities living outside the region in the globalisation of South Asian economies.

SN3262 THE STRUGGLE FOR INDIA, 1920-1964

Modular Credits: 4
Cross-listed and Preclusions: HY3236, SN22261, HY2228

This module is concerned with the political evolution of the Indian nation in two of its most formative periods: the late nationalist struggle from 1920-47 that led to the withdrawal of the colonial power; and the years of Jawaharlal Nehru's prime ministership, 1947-64. The module looks at both decolonisation and nation-building as processes characterised by debate and contestation in relation to (a) social, regional and group identity and (b) political rights and power. The module will study the impact of that debate and contestation on the character, institutions and political life of the nation.

SN3272 ISSUES IN INDIAN PHILOSOPHY

Modular Credits: 4
Cross-listed and Preclusions: PH3204

This course is designed to survey developments in Indian Philosophy in post-independence India. Figures may include, among others, Radhakrishnan, K. C. Bhattacharya, Kalidas Bhattacharya, J. N. Mohanty, Bimal Krishna Matilal, J. L. Mehta and Daya Krishna. Two broad topics will be considered: first, the contemporary re-evaluation of the classical Indian tradition; and secondly, the efforts at situating the Indian tradition within the global philosophical discourse.

SN3274 SOUTH ASIAN CINEMA

Modular Credits: 4

This module begins with a historical overview of cinema in South Asia. It then focuses on the regional production centres and their specific specialisations. Other topics covered are 'Genres of SA Cinema' and their stylistic elements, and 'Cinema and Local Politics in South Asia'. Important films will be viewed and discussed as case studies.

SN3275 TAMIL STUDIES II

Modular Credits: 4

This module builds on the skills learnt from the level-2000 syllabus. By the end of this advanced level course, students will be equipped with the skills and strategies to maintain serious discussions with native or foreign speakers on social, cultural, political and other topics. Students will be taught how to summarize long and difficult texts. They will acquire the skills of translation and become polished users of the Tamil language.

SN3276 INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL INDIAN TEXTS

Modular Credits: 4

This seminar-style module provides an introduction to the foundations of classical Indian literature through a survey of traditional texts from the Dharmasutras and the Kamasutra to the Upanishads and the Bhagavadgita. The religious, cultural and literary influence and the changing interpretations of the texts will be discussed. All primary texts will be studied in English translation and supplemented with secondary source readings. This module is recognised towards the requirements of the Minor in Religious Studies.

SN3277 SOUTH ASIA: FIELD STUDIES

Modular Credits: 4
Pre-requisites: Passed 8MCs of SN modules

This module aims at providing students with a first-hand experience of the South Asian region in general, and with a deep insight and understanding of selected aspects/problems of South-Asia in particular. The topics of the tours are different and formulated in accordance to the region chosen for the visit. Possible topics are : (A) Tamil History and Culture (Tamil Nadu Tour), (B) India and IT development (Bangalore etc. Tour), (C) Struggle for Independence; Partition (Tour around Delhi), etc. The overall structure of the module would be as follows: 1 week of lectures (in situ in South Asia, so that 'hands-on' sessions are possible), 4 weeks of guided travel, 1 week for students' report-and-essay-writing (in South Asia) = 6 weeks.

SN3278 RIVERS OF INDIA: DIVINITY AND SACRED SPACE

Modular Credits: 4

Most major rivers of South Asia are major pilgrimage centres for Hindus and are often considered as manifestations of female divinities. In this seminar-style module, students will develop a unique appreciation of the confluence between geography, environment and divinity in South Asia through study of the region’s major river systems. No prior knowledge of South Asian religion is required and will be introduced in the context of weekly study topics.

SN3279 LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN INDIA

Modular Credits: 4

This module focuses on the relationship between language, culture and identity in India. It looks at the roles that languages, cultures, and literatures play in regional identities in India. Through case studies of Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi and Bengali it investigates the significance of language in regional identities. It also addresses the issue of how language and culture have been arenas in which contending notions of Indian identity have been developed. The module introduces students to the importance of understanding cultural diversity in India in relation to the rise of India as a contemporary world power.

SN3280 GOVERNING PUBLIC SERVICES IN INDIA

Modular Credits: 4

Public services such as health, education, power, telecommunications, ports, airports, railways and roads are essential for human development and economic growth in India. The focus is on the role of the government and private companies in the provision of these services. Some sectors have moved from being public sector monopolies to accepting private sector participation. In other areas, the government, private companies, and non-governmental organizations, are partnering in the delivery of essential services to citizens. Competition from private companies has increased the efficiency of the government sector and contributed to India’s economic growth. The public sector remains important for the provision of services to India’s poorest citizens. Topics will include the politics and economics behind regulation of private and government companies in these sectors, and, the promotion of efficiency and service delivery to the poor.

SN3281 THE STORY OF INDIAN BUSINESS

Modular Credits: 4

This module is about the history of business in India and its significance in the contemporary context. The lectures will be based on historical analysis and effects of the colonial enterprise, different business communities and their networks, post-colonial approaches and changes in the socio-political and economic trajectories. It gives students opportunities to look into the traditional big business houses and corporations and the subsequent changes in the present generations, and also into the emerging paradigms of new production networks and their relevance in the South Asian economies as well as in Asia and the world.

SN3550 INTERNSHIP

Modular Credits: 4
Pre-requisites: Students should have completed a minimum of 24 MCs in SN coded and SN recognised modules; and have declared South Asian Studies as their Major
Preclusion: Any other XX3550 internship modules (Note: Students who change majors may not do a second internship in their new major)

Internships vary in length but all take place within organisations or companies, are vetted and approved by the South Asian Studies Programe, have relevance to the major in South Asian Studies, involve the application of subject knowledge and theory in reflection upon the work, and are assessed. Available credited internships will be advertised at the beginning of each semester. Internships proposed by students will require the approval of the department.

ISN3550 EXTENDED SOUTH ASIAN INTERNSHIP

Modular Credits: 4
Workload: All internships must include a minimum of 120 hours, accumulated during one period
Pre-requisites: Students should: have completed a minimum of 24 MC in South Asian Studies ; and have declared South Asian Studies as their Major.
Preclusion: Any other XX3550 internship modules (Note: Students who change majors may not do a second internship in their new major)

Internships vary in length but all take place within organisations or companies, are vetted and approved by the South Asian Studies Programe, have relevance to the major in South Asian Studies, involve the application of subject knowledge and theory in reflection upon the work, and are assessed. Available credited internships will be advertised at the beginning of each semester. Internships proposed by students will require the approval of the department.

SN3880A ART OF INDIA

Modular Credits: 4
Pre-requisites: SN1101E South Asia: People, Culture, Development

This module focuses on the South Asian visual culture. It looks at this material not in isolation but in a global context. It will cover the history of South Asian art, that is, the art of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, from the time of the Indus Valley Civilization to the present day.

SN4101 APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF SOUTH ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

The module will provide a basis for a close study of the foundations of the study of South Asia, particularly in the three areas around which the Programme operates: historical and political; cultural and religious; and social and economic. It will look closely at the work of major figures in order to provide an understanding of important shifts in the study of the region. These studies will include work on historical writing in colonial and postcolonial times, the rise of village studies, the development of the significant scholarly work on South Asian religions and caste, and the nature of the colonial and postcolonial economies of the region. Thus, the module will provide a basis for understanding the literature in the three areas of study and the major advances that have taken place in the study of South Asia.

SN4102 CRITICAL DEBATES IN SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

The module will provide a basis for a close study of the foundations of the study of South Asia, particularly in the three areas around which the Programme operates: historical and political; cultural and religious; and social and economic. It will look closely at the work of major figures in order to provide an understanding of important shifts in the study of the region. These studies will include work on historical writing in colonial and postcolonial times, the rise of village studies, the development of the significant scholarly work on South Asian religions and caste, and the nature of the colonial and postcolonial economies of the region. Thus, the module will provide a basis for understanding the literature in the three areas of study and the major advances that have taken place in the study of South Asia.

SN4211 WAR, RECONSTRUCTION AND NATION-BUILDING IN ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

This module will provide a comparative understanding of historical processes such as war, decolonisation and nation-building that have shaped modern South and Southeast Asia. It will familiarise students with the transformation of South and Southeast Asia between 1940 and 1970. The approach taken will be historical and comparative, rather than focused on single countries. The discussion will integrate political, social and cultural dimensions of change brought about by war, decolonisation and post-colonial efforts at national consolidation. Major topics will be the effects of war on state and society; economic ideas about reconstruction; the impact of the Cold War on national regimes; and the attempt at reaching a consensus on nation-building.

SN4221 REGIONAL CONFLICT & COOPERATION IN ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

The module will provide a comparative understanding of the problems and challenges that are faced in promoting regional cooperation and development in South and Southeast Asia. It will look at regional conflict and cooperation in a comparative perspective. It will examine issues in conflict in South Asia and the factors that have impeded regional cooperation. It will then contrast the dynamics of regionalism in Southeast Asia. It will also look at intra-regional and inter-regional ties that have been evolving between South and Southeast Asia in the context of multilateral trading arrangements.

SN4231 PEASANTS AND CAPITALISM IN ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

The aim is to provide a comparative perspective on capitalist development and socio-cultural change in peasant societies of South and Southeast Asia, as well as the underlying factors of change. Students are expected to appreciate the contrast between peasant and capitalist societies, and identify factors explaining the different experiences of these two regions of Asia. Major topics include the analytical and empirical features of the peasantry and capitalist development, and the range of factors explaining resilience and change.

SN4232 SOUTH ASIAN INTERREGIONAL TOURISM

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

The module will discuss the emerging pattern of inter-regional tourism flows between South and Southeast Asia. One of the facets of increasing globalisation is the expansion of the tourism industry. For the South Asian region, in particular India, higher incomes and the emergence of an expanding middle class have created a new market for the outbound tourism industry. The trappings of the new middle class in India would include holidays abroad and Southeast Asian region has become more widely known in India. The long historical, religious and cultural linkages between South and Southeast Asia would add to the tourism flows between the two regions. Recent developments that will spur tourism included the Open Skies policy being negotiated between India and ASEAN plus the upgrading and modernisation of infrastructure in India.

SN4233 SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE IN INDIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

India is in the throes of substantial social, political and economic change. This module deals with social structures such as caste and class; political developments such as the political empowerment of backward caste groups and the relationship between the state and society captured in phenomena such as social movements; and economic change such as the movement from state control to regulation, from autarky to globalization, and the rise of sub national federal economies at the state level.

SN4234 MAPPING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN INDIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

The module will focus on contemporary social movements in India. They are deeply connected to its contested trajectories of development and democracy. Issues of displacement, environment, patriarchy, indignities and everyday tyranny are strongly connected to the contemporary social movements. By focusing on movements’ ideology, social base, modes of mobilization, leadership and nature of engagement with the state and social power, the module will advance understanding of a significant reality in contemporary India.

SN4261 SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA: EARLY CONTACTS

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

Cultural contacts between South Asia and Southeast Asia started around the 3rd c AD. Especially several South-Indian dynasties (as, e.g. the Pallavas and the Cholas), under which trade and the setting up of diplomatic ties flourished, were the main responsible forces for an early spread of Indian cultural and social concepts and values beyond South Asia – and especially to Southeast Asia. The module aims at looking at those early forms of contact between the two regions, and at providing an understanding of the concepts of “kingship”, society, religion and culture, that became shared as a consequence. We will explore how much about “everyday life” in old times can be learned from inscriptions, and how temple-constructions and other pieces of Art can give insights into these concepts. We will also look into early trade-connections between South India and Southeast Asia (trading guilds) and into the impact of cultural influence – especially of the Chola dynasty – in the region.

SN4262 HINDUTVA NATIONALISM

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

This module looks closely at Hindutva ideology, and considers the formation and development of Hindutvaorientated political parties and organisations in India and also, where applicable, the diaspora. The course will consider the key challenges to the development of Hindutva nationalism and the threat that the growth of the movement poses to the position of religious minorities in the Indian context.

SN4263 THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY INDIAN HISTORY

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

This module will explore historical sources relating to Contemporary India and encourage students to examine archival evidence and develop critical narratives focused around key themes. The focus will be on India after 1947. Key themes will include: the Aftermath of Partition, National Integration; Leadership and Ideologies; Economic Development and Reconstruction; Political Parties and Organizations; Crises and Transitions; India’s External Relations with its Neighbours. Students will work with on-line archival sources now available due to declassification and digitisation, together with secondary materials.

SN4275 SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATUES

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

This module has four broad aims: 1) introducing linguistic theories of “Language Families”, 2) giving an overview of the Language Families found in South Asia, 3) briefly exposing regional conflicts that have their root in language-based formations of identities, and 4) giving a historical overview of the most important regional literatures in different South-Asian Languages.

SN4276 EPIC TRADITIONS IN SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

The two Indian epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, - are mainly known through their classical representatives in Sanskrit language. They also exist, however, in many regional vernacular forms, some being “classics” in their own right (e.g. Kamban’s Iramavataram in Tamil, 11th c; Tulsidas’ Ramcaritmanas in Hindi, 16th c). Folkloristic renderings are available, too, besides Jain-, Buddhist-, and even Muslim-versions. The two texts have had a great impact on Southeast Asia, as is evident from literary traditions, performing arts and sculpture and painting. This module introduces the different epic traditions in India and looks into their spread to Southeast Asia.

SN4401 HONOURS THESIS

Modular Credits: 15
Pre-requisites: Completed 110MCs including 60MCs of SN major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.5.

The Honours Thesis will normally be done in the second semester of the student’s final year. A qualified student intending to undertake the Honours Thesis will be expected to consult a prospective supervisor in the preceding semester for guidance on the selection of a topic and the preparation of a research proposal. The research proposal will be in an area of South Asian Studies in which the student has the necessary background and will be discussed with the supervisor. The supervisor will provide guidance to the student in conducting researching and writing the thesis of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

SN4660 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 100MCs, including 60MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5.

The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic within the discipline in-depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head’s and/or Honours Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

SN4880A PRINT CULTURE IN INDIA: HISTORY AND ITS FUTURE

Modular Credits: 5
Pre-requisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in SN, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track

This module focuses on the history of the book and print culture in India. The themes covered include how print functioned in a hierarchical (caste) and modernising society such as India. Apart from exploring the role of print in knowledge production and distribution, it studies its foundational role in the making of modern identities in relation to language, culture, caste, and religion.

GEK1035 Nations and Nationalisms in South Asia

Modular Credits: 4
Preclusion: SN2261

This module examines the role which nationalism has played in the formation and political development of the nations and states of South Asia. It examines nationalist forces in anti-colonial struggles, in post-colonial state formation and in contemporary political developments. It will be of relevance to students with an interest in political developments in Asia, with particular reference to forms of nationalism and nation-building.

GEK1048 Gandhi and Conflict Resolution: Global Legacies

Modular Credits: 4

This module will examine and critique the life and legacies of M.K. Gandhi, widely regarded as one of the icons of the twentieth century. It will focus on his ideas on violence and conflict-resolution. Gandhi understood violence in a broad sense and saw conflict as involving, inter alia, man vs man; man vs God; man vs Nature; man vs woman; and man vs machine. The global significance of his ideas and work will be discussed, particularly the relevance of his methods for conflict-resolution and consensus-building. Using case-studies, it will critique his legacies and examine how they continue to influence many social, political and environmental movements around the world.

GEK1050 Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic

Modular Credits: 4

Bollywood Cinema is recognised as the most vibrant form of cultural media in India, one whose influence now extends to many parts of the world. By studying the content and meaning of selected Bollywood films, this module will introduce students to key social, economic, political and cultural issues in India, and explore important concepts in the humanities and social sciences such as nationalism, gender and sexuality, diaspora and globalisation.

GEM1913 Beasts, People and Wild Environments

Modular Credits: 4

How do ideas about big beasts and the wild inform our socio-cultural worldview? In other words, what is a “tiger” when it is not just a zoo animal but one that lives in a forest next to your home? In this introductory and interdisciplinary course to conservation and the environment, we will watch films and discuss novels and ethnographies focusing on human/animal relations in six different spheres: Mountains, Deserts, Rivers, Plains, Forests, and Sea. The course aims to be an informative, provocative and fun introduction to an exciting and relatively new field of scholarship.

SSA2214 Singapore and India: Emerging Relations

Modular Credits: 4

The module aims to examine the evolving economic linkages between Singapore and India in a post Cold War setting and attempts to explain the factors that have led to their enhanced economic collaboration based on areas of complementarity. The module will use concepts like economic regionalism, Singapore's regionalization policy and India's "Look East" policies to explain the confluence of national interests that has enhanced bilateral economic ties between both countries. In particular it will examine bilateral collaboration in infrastructure development (ports and telecommunications) and services (airline and tourism) industries to explain the success and problems of bilateral economic collaboration. The target audiences are students from various Faculties who would like to have a better understanding of Singapore's evolving foreign economic policy in South Asia in an increasingly globalised economy.

SSA2219 South Asia in Singapore

Modular Credits: 4

The South Asian presence in Singapore is an important part of Singapore?s multicultural society: in terms of the `Indian' community and its economic and commercial influence; its religious and artistic impact; and its role in the everyday life of the nation (eg. cuisine, sport and entertainment). Students will be provided the opportunity to understand the nature of South Asian migration to Singapore, the significance of the South Asian community and its contributions to Singapore's development. Students will be provided with the necessary framework to study and analyse the historical and socio-economic development of the community and South Asian identity and concerns. The module will develop critical and analytical skills guiding students in the process of social scientific enquiry. The target students are undergraduates from all Faculties.

FMA1201R FS:SINGAPORE'S LITTLE INDIA: A 'COMMUNITY SPACE'?

Modular Credits: 4

The module explores the emergence of ‘Little India’ along its well-known main street, Serangoon Road, which is defined by ubiquitous retail outlets dealing with things ‘Indian’, from groceries, to puja items to clothing to cooked food. But ‘Little India’ has also been a multi-ethnic and multi-religious space. Its identity has been produced by a combination of historical factors. The module undertakes a physical and cultural mapping of this site paying attention to the commercial, religious, cultural and tourism-related practices enacted here. Students will be provided with an interdisciplinary framework (historical, anthropological, urban studies) to analyse the development of ‘Little India’.

Recognised modules for SN major

 

EN3265 South Asian Literatures in English

 

GE2225 Methods & Practices inGeography

 

GE4202 Remaking the Global Economy

 

GE4204 Urban Space: Critical Perspectives

 

GE4213 Cultural Analysis

 

HY4101 Historiography

 

HY4222 Asian Business History

 

HY2241 Why History? The 20th Century, 1914-1989

 

HY2258 Passage to India: Contemporary Modern Indian Society

 

LAH1201 Hindi 1

 

LAH2201 Hindi 2

 

LAL1201 Tamil 1

 

LAL2201 Tamil 2

 

PS2247 South Asian Politics

 

PS2249 Goverment and Politics of Singapore

 

PS3257 Political Inquiry

 

PS4214 Politics, Art & Popular Culture

 

MS4204 The Malay Middle Class

 

NM4202 Transnational Information Producers

 

NM4213 Digital Economies

 

SE4212 Elites of Southeast Asia

 

SE4218 Majorities and Minorities in Southeast Asia

 

SE4221 Southeast Asian Postcolonialism