RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 005 Globalization and Global India
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores processes of globalization from the perspective of India. Our inquiry will focus on the country’s recent history, during which India has undergone rapid economic change. We will trace the novel subjectivities, networks, and forms of power that constitute a global India from four perspectives. First, we will examine the emergence of a new middle class in India, changing consumption practices, and new forms of work in the service sector (e.g., high-tech professionals). Second, we will focus on continuing problems of socio-economic and political inequalities and exclusions in contemporary Indian society, including caste, religion, and gender. Within this, we will also investigate everyday forms of action through which people challenge these inequalities and exclusions. Third, we will study the environmental and agricultural consequences of globalization in contemporary India. Finally, we will look at how the idea of India circulates globally (e.g., in the media, Bollywood films, and fashion styles) and its implications. Throughout the course, we will engage critically with theories that inform the ways in which social scientists think and write about globalization and globalism. We will approach the global not as a given but as it is made through intense and often, highly unequal exchanges. In our analyses, we will attend closely to the multiple scales at which the global is constituted and may be deciphered.

Course Requirements:

Students will take two quizzes and write two (5-7pg.) essays, in addition to participating in online and classroom discussions

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students. This course counts towards the “Global History” minor for the Department of History.

Class Format:

Seminar with two sessions per week

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
2RC Ugrd
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (SEM)
W 3:30PM - 6:30PM
Note: Class meets in Detroit
005 (SEM)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
006 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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