This course explores the main concepts of Indian Classical Dance and the stories they depict. It also looks at mudras and postures and their significance. (MW 2 to 3:15 PM; 240 Robinson, Instructor: Patrick Suzeau)
This interdisciplinary course considers the role that the two great Indian epics— the Mahabharata and the Ramayana—have played in the history of religion (particularly Hinduism), literature, art, and politics in South Asia (and beyond). From Krishna’s counselling of Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita (part of the Mahabharata) to the September 2010 Indian court ruling on the history of Ayodhya, the claimed birthplace of Rama, these two epics have permeated South (and Southeast) Asian culture. Readings for this course include abridged translations of both epics, plus a separate translation of the Bhagavad Gita and selections from regional and vernacular retellings. These readings will be amply supplemented by contemporary news articles, artwork based on the epics, videos of them being performed, and television footage. (Instructor Hamsa Stainton).
Other Courses with South Asian content offered periodically at KU:
ARCH 540 (3) History of Architecture
This course will cover the world including South Asia along various time periods from prehistory to modern. (Instructor: Farhan Karim)
HA 505 (3) Art & Politics in South Asia
India is home to over 5,000 years of art. This seminar will introduce students to the range and breadth of Indian art and will explore connections between art and politics in relation to patronage, function, collecting and interpretation. (Instructor: Heba Mustafa)
ARCH 600 (3) Theorizing Vernacular Architecture
Over 90% of the world’s built-environment is considered to be non-architect designed, or vernacular. This course theoretically explores various aspects of vernacular architecture, illustrated with selected examples around the globe. It focuses on the questions such as what vernacular is; why we should study them; how we should study them; how we should use them in design; and implications of such learning for today and tomorrow. The analysis of utilitarian, tectonic, and symbolic aspects of common buildings and urban fabrics against the background of place and culture ends up with the examination of influences of various vernacular traditions on contemporary practice.
REL 106 (3) Living Religions of the East
This introductory course a good vehicle for exposing students to the religious cultures of India.
REL 404 (3) Undergraduate Seminar in Religion: Gods and Goddesses
This course explores the dynamic diversity of gods and goddesses in South Asia. It introduces the basic iconography and contexts for such deities by examining religious narratives and devotional poetry, temple images and architecture, ritual practices, performance traditions, and film.
HNDI 110 (5) Beginner Hindi Language
The fundamentals of the Devanagari script and Hindi grammar are acquired in this course. (Instructor: Geetanjali Tiwari).
HNDI 210 (3) Intermediate Hindi
This course includes further grammar development, introduction of literature via stories, and enhancing conversational skills. Prerequisite; HNDI 120. (Instructor: Patrica Sabarwal).
HNDI 310 (3) Advanced Hindi Language
Advanced grammar, conversational Hindi, stories, verses, and some classical literature are the focus of this course. Prerequisite: HNDI 220. This will qualify for CGIS majors as a 5th semester in language. (Instructor: Geetanjali Tiwari [sometimes an FLTA teaches this course under the supervision of primary instructor]).
GIST 501 (3) Cultural Fabric of South Asia
A Survey of the South Asian Countries and the fundamental cultural basis they share. (Instructor: Geetanjali Tiwari)
GIST 502 (3) Popular Cultures of India
From the Indus-Saraswati civilization to the modern era, India has been a home to one of the most diverse cultures and languages. This course introduces some of the varied cultures from the past and current India via films and literature.
GIST (3) Intimacy: Meaning and diversity of love, sex and marriage in India
In this course we will examine the diversity and the many levels of intimacy as seen in India and explore various aspects such as: Intimacy and sex in ancient India, Changes in culture of intimacy over time, Diversity of marriage practices, Love marriage Vs Arranged marriage, Same-sex intimacy and Universal concepts of intimacy.
ARCH 542 (3) History of Architecture III: Modern
A continuation of ARCH 541, History of Architecture II, covers the period from around 1800 to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on the major cultural shifts that have impacted architectural representation and have contributed to its differentiation as Modern, not only in Europe, North and South America but also with examples in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
ARCH 700-900 graduate seminar on Cultural Factors of Design:
This elective course will allow each student to focus on any region of the world they choose, therefore if a student chooses SA then this course will be 100% SA focus.
HIST 603 (3): History of Tibet
This course surveys the cultural and political history of Tibet from the seventh to the twenty-first century. Through readings, lectures, and discussions, students will gain familiarity with the dominant features of Tibetan civilization, fundamentals of the Tibetan worldview, influence of Tibetan culture in the West, and issues facing Tibetans today. Topics include the relationship between Tibet and the civilizations of India and China, Tibetan Buddhism, and the tensions between the struggle for Tibetan independence versus claims of Chinese sovereignty. The course also considers the Tibetan diaspora and the reception of knowledge about Tibetan civilization in the West. Given the importance of Buddhism to Tibetan intellectual, cultural, institutional, social and even economic history, Tibetan Buddhism is one of the primary topics of this course.
REL 365 (3): Hinduism
An introduction to the diversity and richness of Hinduism from the Vedic period to the present; explores Hindu practices, beliefs, and communities using primary sources such as the Bhagavadgita (in translation) and extensive audio-visual resources.
REL 545 (3): Yoga in Theory, Practice, and History
Historical and thematic investigation into Yoga, including classical formulations, esoteric practices, and contemporary developments and debates.