South Asian Studies

Courses

SAST 1600 - India in Global Perspective

The course will not be a conventional "introduction" to India which customarily emphasizes cultural history. Though there will be a short section at the beginning of the course that provides an overview of India's history, we will quickly move, after 6 class meetings, to the post-independence era, and focus in on the period since 1990, when India took steps to reform its economic policies and re-set its relationships with other world powers.

Credits: 3

SAST 2050 - Classics of Indian Literature

A survey of the foundational, formative and paradigmatic classic texts of the Indian Vedic, Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, Islamic and Sikh religio-literary-cultural traditions.

Credits: 3

SAST 2559 - New Course in South Asian Studies

New course in South Asian Studies.

Credits: 3

SAST 2800 - The World According to South Asia

This course approaches South Asia and its cultural diversity from the inside out, rather than from an `other' centered, western viewpoint. This course is not about the history of South Asia. It is about understanding the contemporary cultural milieu 'the world as seen reflexively and reflectively through a South Asian lens. We will be reading and discussing almost exclusively South Asian voices' opinions and perceptions.

Credits: 3

SAST 3300/5300 - The Pleasures of Bollywood: Melodrama, Realism, Mythos

This class will focus on cinema produced by the industry in Mumbai, popularly called Bollywood. Topics will include the relationship between fiction and documentation, between melodrama and realism, music and affect. Students will be taught the tools of film analysis and will be expected to watch and unpack films each week. They will also be expected to consider films in the social, political and economic contexts in which they were made.

Credits: 3

SAST 3559 - New Course in South Asian Studies

New course in South Asian Studies.

Credits: 3

SAST 3701/6701 - Business and Banking in South Asia

South Asia, the region which stretches from Afghanistan to Burma and down to Sri Lanka, has been the center of thousands of years of trade and finance. In this course we will investigate the early history of this vast flow through the following: the highlights of the history of business and banking, trade and finance from about 1500 B.C to the early European merchant adventurers , the worlds and cultures that were implicated in that history.

Credits: 3

SAST 4991 - South Asian Studies Capstone Seminar

This is the fourth-year capstone seminar for students majoring in South Asian Studies. This course will draw on the multidisciplinary interests of the students who participate to create a collaborative and collegial environment in which to investigate some of the foundational concepts and categories involved in the construction of "South Asia" as unified area of academic discourse.

Credits: 3

SAST 4559 - New Course in South Asian Studies

New course in South Asian Studies.

Credits: 3

SAST 5559 - New Course in South Asian Studies

New course in South Asian Studies.

Credits: 3