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AMES and WGST have developed an interdisciplinary foreign study program in Hyderabad, a dynamic and multicultural city in southeastern India with a population of 6.8 million. Hyderabad is particularly known as a city in which Hindu and Muslim cultures have commingled for over four hundred years. Hyderabad is home to a number of institutions of higher learning, including Osmania University, the Indian School of Business, and the prestigious University of Hyderabad. In addition, Hyderabad is the center of the Telegu film industry and has a well-developed information technology sector. The population of Hyderabad is cosmopolitan and multilingual (speaking Telugu, Hindi, Urdu, and English), but students will have little difficulty navigating the city using English alone. The FSP will be located at the University of Hyderabad, which is among the top ten academic institutions in India. The university has 275 faculty and 2,700 students. The campus is residential, and 90% of the students, who come from all over India, live on the campus itself. Dartmouth students will be able to take advantage of the vibrant social and intellectual life on campus and will have access to sports and other facilities and to non-credit courses in classical Indian dance or music. Dartmouth students will take their own classes specially designed for this program, but will have numerous opportunities to develop contacts with other students at the university.
This program will focus on contemporary India and is designed to attract students who are interested in India from many different perspectives--religion, history, literature, politics, government, business, film, globalization, and health care. This FSP is offered during the Winter term and comprises 2-3 days of on-site orientation, approximately 9 weeks of academic coursework, and one week of cultural excursions. Students will take three courses: Course No. 1 will be taught by the Dartmouth faculty director and will correspond with his or her field of expertise. Course No. 2, "Gender and the Modern Media in India," will be taught by local faculty. India has one of the world's most dynamic film industries, and its influence has now stretched well beyond the subcontinent. This course will examine modern Indian film through the lens of gender. Course No. 3, "Contemporary Social Movements in India," also taught by local faculty, will focus on post-Independence social movements in India, such as environmental movements, Adivasi (tribal) and Dalit (ex-"Untouchable") struggles, women's movements, land-reform movements, anti-globalization movements, and peace movements. Coursework will be supplemented by excursions and guest lectures. Dartmouth also expects to make available instruction in Hindi for those who wish to study a language on a non-credit basis. All three courses on the FSP will qualify for credit toward the AMES major. Courses 2 and 3 will qualify for credit toward the WGST major. Course 1 may or may not qualify for the WGST major depending on its content in a given year.
Students will live on the University of Hyderabad campus in an international student dormitory. They will also use a dining facility designed for international students.
The minimum prerequisite will be two courses, one taken from lists of courses approved by WGST and the other from a list approved by AMES (some courses appear on both lists). Applicants should consult with the AMES or WGST chair for these lists. Admitted students will also need to complete a list of required readings that will prepare them for their stay in India and participate in a pre-program orientation specifically designed for this FSP.