Contemporary India through Bollywood: Politics, Society and Culture - ARTS3212

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 48 UOC overall, including 6 UOC at level 1 and 6 UOC at level 2 in one of the following streams, Asian Studies, Development Studies or History

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Subject Area: Asian Studies
This course can also be studied in the following specialisations: Development Studies, History

In the contemporary world order, India presents a paradox: a rising global economic powerhouse facing substantial developmental and environmental challenges. Contemporary India provides students with pathways to understanding India today, with reference to its post-colonial history, society and current politics. The course uses popular Hindi cinema or Bollywood as an entry point to trace the legacies of colonialism, democracy and secularism in India, alongside analyses of caste, gender and region. The course considers the developmental economy, as well as issues of corruption, neoliberalism and the role of the Indian diaspora. By the end of the course, you will be able to offer sound advice to anyone who asks you: Where is India going? What are the opportunities and risks offered by engaging with contemporary India?


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