In this course, we will examine several social, political, and economic issues affecting India today. Our analysis will include the root causes and history of the question at hand. We will examine the issue as it plays out in modern-day life, emphasizing potential solutions and the individuals and organizations working to effect these changes. Topics include the caste system, religious conflict, women's rights, LGBTQ+ issues, and poverty/rural development among others.
Instruction will include a weekly guest lecture from an academic or activist with direct experience and expertise in the issue, followed by small group discussion and activities.
Attendance in every section is mandatory, but make up assignments will be given for those who miss a class.