BLS 360: Culture, Philosophy, and Religion in India

India has the fastest growing population in the world, as it currently boasts nearly18% of the world’s populace. Its people are a fabulous and varied mix of ethnic groups who derive from an amalgamation of various cultural, language, religious, and philosophical traditions. This course examines India’s vast diversity as it relates to the major cultural, religious, and social factors that have shaped and altered the course of Indian history. The course engages students with enduring and emerging debates relating to classic and contemporary studies on caste, untouchability, gender, poverty, conflict, development, major religions, and religious nationalism. In engaging with these debates, the course encourages students to think critically about the nature and origins of knowledge in the anthropology of India.