India: Sustainable Development and Social Change
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Explore the socioeconomic development trends and the tensions and challenges shaping India today.
This program examines the diverse factors, internal and global, shaping India's development strategies and patterns. Students gain foundational knowledge of India’s past, present, and future development paradigms, economic growth, and social change.
The program is based in Jaipur, a bustling hub of NGOs engaged in development projects, social justice initiatives, and political activism. Jaipur is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan, historically a princely and aristocratic state, and a center of Hindu, Jain, and Muslim traditions.
Topics of study include:
- Demographics: identity and diversity
- Political trends and a pluralist state
- Caste, class, gender, and religion in India
- Colonial rule, Gandhi, and development
- The economy of New India
- Global governance: India in a globally governed world
- Urban and rural challenges: equity and exclusion
- Climate change and development
- Social change interventions, sustainability, and alternative modes of development
- Agents of change, including government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, community based organizations, and civil society
Visit institutes and NGOs in different regions.
The program spends time at prominent academic and research institutes, as well as the headquarters of NGOs in the state of Rajasthan and elsewhere in India.
Travel outside Jaipur is an essential component of the program. Excursions typically include visiting Bikaner and Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, and Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand. Excursions provide varying contexts in which to evaluate development trends while becoming immersed in Indian culture. Learn more.
Gain practical experience working in development.
Students spend five to seven days engaged with a professional academic and research institution or NGO working in the field of development and social change. Diverse workshop sites are offered in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and the Sikkim Himalayas. A special feature of the program, the workshop is designed to give students practical and hands-on experience in development.
Intensive language study in Hindi and a six-week homestay in Jaipur further facilitate cultural immersion.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: India, Jaipur
Language Study: Hindi
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