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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions S South Asian Studies SAST
South Asian Studies SAST

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Junior Course
South Asian Studies  203       Understanding South Asia
The roots of ancient civilization; society, resources and environment; racial, ethnic and cultural diversities; philosophic and religious traditions; arts and aesthetics; historical bases of tradition and modernity; role of education in social development; ideological differences and economic development. Primary focus on India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Credit for South Asian Studies 203 and 315 will not be allowed.
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Senior Courses
South Asian Studies  303       Contemporary Indian Society and Culture
Interdisciplinary exploration of the culture and society of India today. Emphasis will be on casteism, communalism, religion, regionalism, globalization, ethnicity, class and gender in Indian society.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
South Asian Studies 203 or 315.
Credit for South Asian Studies 303 and 415 will not be allowed.
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South Asian Studies 499       Topics in South Asian Studies

Investigation of themes and methodologies related to the study of South Asian civilizations. A single theme, multiple themes or the study and application of one or more methods employed in Asian Studies may be offered.

499.01. Methods in South Asian Studies

499.02. Contemporary Issues in South Asia

499.03. Topics in the History of South Asia

Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
3 units from South Asian Studies 203, 303, 315 or 415.
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South Asian Studies 531       Supervised Research in South Asian Studies
An interdisciplinary, inquiry-based course in which students pursue a supervised research project on a topic related to social, philosophical, economic, political and/or international issues within South Asia.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
3 units from South Asian Studies 203, 303, 315 or 415 and consent of the Program Co-ordinator.
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