This course explores the extraordinary impact of the mobile phone in India and how the falling price of smartphones continues to include data into India’s mobile revolution. What effect has the ubiquity of mobile phones had on everyday life in urban and rural India?
This course provides an overview of dance in India, beginning with the eight classical dance forms developed in regions across India. It also looks at folk and tribal dances. It concludes with contemporary forms and the role of Bollywood in spreading awareness of Indian dance culture.
The close relationship of the Indian political and business classes, and the scams that have often followed, have led some commentators to make a comparison to the Gilded Age of the United States, where robber barons and industry titans monopolized markets, leading to huge profits, as well as economic progress. This course explores the basis of this debate. Is this India’s own Gilded Age where democratic institutions have yet to mature and capitalism has yet to find its way? Will a period of corrupt progress lead to more democratic growth?
India is routinely celebrated as the world’s largest democracy without an understanding of how elections actually take place. This course explores how India– against all odds– has developed strong, inclusive democratic institutions, overcoming obstacles such as illiteracy, geographic diversity, and poor connectivity.
This course explores India’s diversity through its calendar. Mapping major India’s civic and religious holidays month by month– and how they vary across the country– is a fun and useful way to acquaint oneself with India’s diversity.
This course explores the British colonial legacy. From railroads, to language, to bureaucracy– how did the British Raj impact the nation India has become today? This course presents the voluminous discourse for newcomers to the topic.
Today’s megacity has been home to numerous empires throughout the ages– the remnants of which many are still visible today. This course explores the “Seven Cities”– the eighth being New Delhi– and the history behind each. Travel through Indian history since 1100 AD without leaving the city of Delhi in this course.
The Indian subcontinent has been home to some of the most important contributions to humanity’s efforts to answer its largest questions. This course provides a brief introduction to Indian philosophy, how it differs from Western philosophy, and where to go next for further reading.
This course is an introduction to the Government of India’s initiative to “Clean India”, examining the program’s objectives, the background surrounding it, and how to get involved.
This course explores the significance of Sanskrit today as a window to understanding pre-modern India, the variety of its literature, and its place among the great ancient languages of the world.