The University of Melbourne is offering free online course on Contemporary India. This course provides a sophisticated and intellectually challenging examination of the complexities of a modern and changing India in the twenty-first century.
The objective of the course is to capture the multifaceted process of change, the course also critically examines some of the tensions inherent in these changes. The course will start on August 15, 2016.
Course At A Glance
Subject: Contemporary India
Institution: University of Melbourne and Coursera
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on August 15, 2016
The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised research intensive University with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. Established in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest University.
About This Course
This course presents some important vignettes of a complex, highly diverse India that is also witnessing unprecedented changes since its formal independence in 1947 from Great Britain. The lectures revolve around social dimensions of change, the continuing influence of ancient texts on contemporary India, political democracy, economic transition from the state to the market, gender relations, India’s economic globalisation and changing worldview.
While one of the objectives is to capture the multifaceted process of change, the course also critically examines some of the tensions inherent in these changes. For example, how does gender inequality play itself out in a changing Indian society, how do the modernist conceptions of art entailing market valuation challenge the more socio-centric values found in South India, what are the politics linguistic identities, and how might India address its myriad development challenges such as poverty and unemployment.
Why Take This Course?
This course provides a sophisticated and intellectually challenging examination of the complexities of a modern and changing India in the twenty-first century and it’s Free!
No specific prior knowledge is required. However, it would be helpful if students are aware of the socio-political dynamics at play in contemporary India and keep themselves abreast with current affairs and debates in the country to fully appreciate the various dimensions and contours if the subject matter in the course.
Anthony D’Costa, Professor
School of Social and Political Sciences
How To Join This Course
- Go to the course website link
- Create a Coursera account to SignUp
- Choose “Register Now” to get started.