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

Manomohini Dutta

PhD Candidate in Asian Cultures & Languages
Manomohini Dutta



Ancient Indian legal traditions of the Dharmaśāstras, with a focus on eastern India. Prior research topics include the Indian Epics

ANS 302K • Introduction To India

32080 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm SZB 296
(also listed as ANT 310L )
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Aim and Scope of the Course: This Course will survey India through a variety of disciplinary lenses and different mediums. We will look at India's history in the first half of the Course, covering the ancient to the modern periods. During this time, we would read about the key events that have shaped the India of today, also covering major scholarly debates about important issues. In the second half of the Course, we would focus more on religion, law, gender, culture, literature and the culinary arts of India. The Course will use a potpourri of materials such as academic work, popular literature, documentaries, and commercial films.


Class Design: The one hour-twenty minutes class will have a mix of lectures and discussions. There will be an interactive session in the last twenty minutes of class, where group discussion will require students' questions and responses to that particular day's theme.  


Evaluations: There will be two Quizzes: 15% each. We will have one Final Exam:  30%. There will be a short 5-7 page Topics Paper (the topics will be assigned a month ahead by the Instructor): 30%  Class attendance and participation in the 20 minute discussions will be of 10% weight.

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