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India contains a sixth of the world’s population. It has one of the world’s fastest growing economies and will be increasingly important in the future of Australia. Understanding the complex geographies of contemporary India – including economic, political, and social change - is important for young people in Australia, who are likely to have jobs linked to India in the future. Appreciation of Indian dynamics is also important in terms of building the Asia literacy of Australia’s population, enhancing multiculturalism, and countering racism. This subject will enable students to develop a profound understanding of India. Students will learn a range of key skills as part of their analyses of Indian literature, evaluating key ideas such as caste and gender, and appreciating the geographical and social diversity of the Indian subcontinent.
The subject is designed to develop students’ analytical and research skills in relation to (i) India’s changing economy, (ii) the politics of India since 1947, with a particular focus on developments since 2014, (iii) the changing nature of Indian society, including topics such as health, education, gender, environment, and regional difference. Students will engage with relevant disciplinary literature, drawn especially from geography, politics, sociology/anthropology, and Area Studies. They will also engage with films, podcasts, literature, magazines, and online materials so as to appreciate how persuasive arguments can be developed through analysis of multiple sources. A focus on engagement with government, practitioners, NGOs, and citizens in India will also be a feature of the subject.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Analyse the key literature, current debates and theoretical approaches to modern India's economy, politics, and society, with particular reference to India's complex geographies;
- Explain India's trajectory in terms of development and democratic change since 1947, and especially during the Twenty-First Century;
- Describe and evaluate key methodological approaches to understanding contemporary India, including geographical scholarship, political analysis, ethnography, and documentary film making;
- Synthesize how economic, political, and social processes interact to shape the lives of people in India;
- Evaluate how scholarly work in India can be applied and integrated into policy and practice in India.
- Reading, writing, and oral communication in theoretically aware and comparative ways;
- Digital literacy: conducting online and library searches for relevant, critical literatures;
- Ability to comprehend and critique some of the current debates in the field;
- Using geographical approaches to explore processes and problems situated in particular contexts;
- Work effectively in a teamwork situation;
- Essay-writing, data exploration, and presentation techniques;
- Interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis.
Last updated: 7 September 2023