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Australian National University Online Course : Engaging India

This session Australian National University will be offering an open online version of course, ‘Engaging India’. This course is intended for anyone and is presented in both English and Hindi.

The main objective of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in the world. The course starts on November 16, 2015.



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Course At A Glance

Length: 10 weeks
Effort:  3-5 hours per week
Subject: Engaging India : Comprehensive & wide-ranging overview of India
Institution: Australian National University and edX
Languages: English and Hindi
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $49.
Session: Starts on November 16, 2015.

Providers’ Details

The Australian National University (ANU) is a celebrated place of intensive research, education and policy engagement. Research here has always been central to everything they do, shaping a holistic learning experience that goes beyond the classroom, giving students access to researchers who are among the best in their fields and to opportunities for development around Australia and the world.

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About This Course

This course offers an overview of contemporary India and explores its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. We begin with a discussion on India as a multilingual society.  The entire course will be available in both English and Hindi.

The central focus of the course is an examination of contemporary issues in India. This includes perspectives on how Indian culture and language are being affected by the boom in technology; sections on politics and nationalism; economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalisation of the economy; and security, international relations, and regionalism. In addition, we will examine India’s role in South Asian politics and current issues relating to its regional neighbours in Asia. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in the world.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. It is presented in both English and Hindi. Videos will feature Hindi subtitles.

Learning Outcomes

– Key factors on India’s development and the challenges they present (language, culture, communication technology, etc.)
-Key ideas–push and pull factors–that drive India towards the path of globalisation
-The dynamic, complex and interdependent nature of various cultural facets, and their application to your personal and professional contexts today.


-Dr. McComas Taylor
His background is in Sanskrit literature, the classical language of India, and his current research focuses on the role of Sanskrit in contemporary Hindu practice. McComas also teaches award-winning courses on the great Indian epics, the Mah?bh?rata and the R?m?ya?a,

-Dr. Peter Friedlander

Peter has been teaching and researching about India ever since 1977. He has taught Hindi and Indian cultural studies in India, Singapore and Australia. His research publications cover subjects such as Hindi language, literature and teaching pedagogy, South Asian religious traditions, and the role of Buddhism in India and the world.



How To Join This Course

  1. Go to the course website link
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  3. Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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