ASIAN 334 - Race, Religion, and Caste in India and America
Fall 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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This course examines the relationship between Race, Caste and Religion in two very different democracies, India and the United States. To do this, in the first part of the course, we shall compare the historical struggles of two geographically disparate populations in India and the United States, namely, Indian Dalits (once known as Untouchables) and African Americans, Through this comparison, we probe the language and construction of race, nation, religion, color, and ethnicity, as well as the linkages between these categories. The juxtaposition of these very different locations and histories, each with its own public and private narratives of struggle, will allow us to analyze and discuss issues at the heart of public policy agenda, such as asylum, immigration, hate crimes and citizenship. The second part of the course will look at more recent forms of racial and religious profiling related to the effects of the post 9/11 War on Terror in both India and the United States. In this way the course will introduce students to systematic patterns of intolerance and chauvinism in Europe, India and the US—hence covering both Asia and the West.

Course Requirements:

Assessment will be by weekly response forum, regular attendance, and participation.

Intended Audience:

The course will appeal to students in South Asian studies, American Culture, History, Sociology, International Studies, and Religious studies.


ASIAN 334 - Race, Religion, and Caste in India and America
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
004 (DIS)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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