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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2008

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural History

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31360 F
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
PAR 303

Course Description

"Culture is the consciousness of humanity and the art of living an enlightened life. It is a marvelous synthesis of art, science, philosophy and religion, where art is wonder at life, science is curiosity about life, philosophy is an attitude to life, and religion is reverence for life...." This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding to the age old South Indian cultures of Indian subcontinent by looking at different components and aspects of cultures. The course will examine major components of culture in Indian context in general and South India particular from the Earliest times to the twentieth century (to Colonial time) and beyond. The classes discuss the development of cultures and their changes from time to time and relate how the changes impact on the present society and relates to the current issues and pave way to understand many current socio political issues. The course will proceed with the introduction to early culture and examine the development of socio religious political structures and their influences on social structures and their vital institutions. During the course of study, the class will examine about indigenous race(s), their migration, development of cultures from pre-historic situations, their influence; role of physiographic factors in developing south Indian cultures, influence of cultures from outside on south Indian society; contact between south India with South and South East Asia; role of temples, architecture and their developments, temples as cultural centers and their influence over South Indian society; emergence of social divisions, and their roles in marriage contexts and sex relations and status of women, marriage patterns, rituals: believes and faiths etc. A clear picture about the early, medieval, and modern period cultures will be presented to understand the south Indian cultures through lectures, and multimedia materials, class-notes, reference materials, etc. Student's active class participation and discussion form part of the course.

Grading Policy

Quizzes (2): 50%; 5 short notes from class video: 10%; Attendance and class participation: 15%; Papers (I and II): 25%


M.L. Bose. "Social and Cultural History of Ancient India" Nilakanta Sastri. "History of South India" Thapar. "History of India Vol. I" David Ludden. "India and South Asia" G. Slater. "Dravidian elements in Indian culture".


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