UMAIE Course Number: T3907
SAU Course Equivalency: +IS 210, Topics in International Studies (four credits)
Instructors: Dr. Jill Jepson and Dr. Joanne Cavallaro, Department of English, St. Catherine University, Minnesota
Tentative Dates: January 2 -25, 2013. SAU Spring semester begins January 16.
Location: India (Delhi, Agra, Gurgaon, Sonipat, Jaipur)
Price: $4,520-$4,820 (tentative)
This course examines the multiple roles English plays in modern Indian life - as a language for great literature, as a tool of empowerment (e.g., for dalits ("untouchables") in their fight for equality), as a "goddess," as a "killer" of lesser known languages, as a unifying force, as a force for social oppression and social empowerment and technological change. It will explore colonial and post-colonial factors in the internationalization of English, new English literature, and the social, cultural, and political issues surrounding the spread of English. Through readings, guest lectures and site visits, we will examine the connection of gender, social class, education, and employment to the use or non-use of the English language in literature and daily life as we delve into the many social justice issues related to the spread of English in India. We will meet with college students in Delhi, attend the New Delhi play festival and the Jaipur Literary Festival, and of course take some time to see some of the wonders of the world (the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort, e.g).
This course welcomes students who have a sense of adventure and enjoy the challenge of meeting people in new places. It is meant for students with a variety of interests; those interested in the English literature, especially post-colonial literature; in linguistics; in international relations, business or development; in global education; or anyone who wants to work with multicultural populations at home or abroad will benefit from it. It will involve walking on crowded urban streets and unpaved rural ones. Special dietary needs may not be possible to meet in rural India; please contact one of the instructors with questions. Satisfies core literature requirement.
Priority Deadline: April 13, 2012
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 13 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.