Peoples of South Asia (3) This course will cover nation states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
ANTH 454 Peoples of South Asia (3)
This course looks at the diverse peoples of South Asia and their dynamic cultures. In Nepal alone, over hundred languages are spoken and over fifty indigenous groups are officially recognized. Hindi and Bengali are the most common languages spoken in the region followed by Talegu and Panjabi. Major world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity are practiced in South Asia. Muslim population of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan make the largest population of Muslims in the world.
This course will explore contemporary cultural, political and economic issues that affect peoples of South Asia. This course begins by looking at the origins of religious pluralities in South Asia and discussions of how it influences South Asia today. Emergence of modern forms of social classification, facilitated by the use of technology in challenging traditional societal structures, is then explored to understand ethnicity and nationalism in ‘modern’ South Asia. The course will also assess growing socio-economic disparity, high rates of rural poverty and the process of ‘modernization’ through development. Scholarly essays and articles will be used along with audio-visual clips, films, newspapers, institutional reports and ethnographic materials.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.