Course Offerings pic 300x201 India China Related CoursesThe New School community offers a wide range of courses for students to explore the social and political transformations within India, China and the surrounding regions from both a historical and contemporary perspective. The following is a list of courses in many different fields and offered by various departments that have collaborated with the India China Institute that focus on a number of different economical, political, architectural, cultural and environmental issues.

ICI’s intent in listing these courses is illustrative rather than exhaustive – for courses that are not labelled “Fall” they are courses that while they are not currently being offered, we suggest that students periodically check in as to their future availability. Previous India China – Related Courses are courses that have been not been offered in the past year, and their future availability is undetermined. ICI will monitor The New School’s University Course Catalog and will update when they become available.


Undergraduate – Fall 2014

Bollywood: From Local Industry to Global Brand – PLVS 2006

This course will explore Bollywood’s aesthetics, styles and main themes, and evaluate its current situation and trends, focusing on its ongoing metamorphosis into a global brand and its reception and growing impact worldwide.

Buddhism and Gender – LREL 3068

Students look at the complex and potentially problematic relationships between Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist institutions, taking into account a broad spectrum of perspectives, both historical and contemporary. Engaging the work of scholars, visionaries, artists, monks and nuns, the class engages written and visual materials from India, China, Japan, Tibet, and the West.

Global Media Activism – LCST 3071 

Global Internet Activism argues that digital media impacts real life politics by exploring technology-enabled political activism outside the United States and Europe. How can digital media help to mobilize citizens? The class is structured around case studies from Brazil, China, Russia, Iraq, Iran, Serbia, and South Korea.

Non-Western Approaches to the World – NINT 5379

Scholars of international relations increasingly recognize the need to take into account non-Western, non-Westphalian understandings of the world and its version of world politics. Yet they are usually at a loss as to how to do so. Few IR scholars in the West (including many from the non-West) are trained in how so-called Others think about, relate to, and act in the world. This course aims to amend this gap, albeit in a limited way.

Religion in South Asia – LREL 2030 

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Indian philosophy and religion. It covers all the major philosophical schools, concepts, issues, and debates in a chronological framework. Students read both translations of primary sources as well as materials from secondary sources.

The Transformations of India & China – ULEC 2710 

This course surveys the major historical transformations of India and China over the past sixty years. The first part of the course examines the foundations of post-independent India and revolutionary China. How did they formulate and pursue their respective visions of modernity vis-a-vis existing models of liberal capitalist democracy and state socialism? We analyze their alternative patterns of nationalist mobilization, state formation and political change and how these related to dynamics of industrialization, poverty and inequality.

Urbanizing Asia – LANT 2031 

The course explores the emergence and processes of urbanization in Asia through ethnographies. The course will examine urban development of specific Asian cities by focusing on urban problems and challenges including poverty, housing, sustainability and civil society as well as the ways in which city-dwellers, developers and organizations are working to address them.

Undergraduate – Spring 2015

CRS: Skills for Global Change – Environmental Justice and Resource Conflicts – UGLB 3710

In this class, we will examine a series of pivotal humanitarian conflicts that involve both human rights neglect and degradation and inequitable distribution of natural resources.All the cases we are examining in class can be characterized by ongoing violence or political/human rights conflicts. Cases to be studied include: (a) petroleum resource wars in Iran and Nigeria, (b) the right to water in South Africa and Bolivia, (c) environmental justice and urban pollution in the United States, and (d) food policy and farmworker safety in India and California.

From Beijing to Tokyo: An Introduction to Chinese and Japanese Languages and Culture – NFLN 1101

This course introduces students to two East-Asian Languages, Japanese and Chinese. The course will be divided into three sections. The first section will be dedicated to learning Introductory Japanese, the second section will be dedicated to Introductory Chinese, and lastly, the third will focus on the basics of calligraphy of Chinese characters using brush writing drawn from the common writing culture of the two languages.

Global Himalaya: Rethinking Culture and Ecology – UGLB 3330

This course will explore the complex reasons for these claims by engaging with multiple imaginaries and meanings involving diverse ecologies and cultures in the Himalayas. The seminar also invites and challenges students to find “Himalaya” in their everyday living and intellectual pursuits.

Global Media Activism – LCST 3071 

Global Internet Activism argues that digital media impacts real life politics by exploring technology-enabled political activism outside the United States and Europe. How can digital media help to mobilize citizens? The class is structured around case studies from Brazil, China, Russia, Iraq, Iran, Serbia, and South Korea.

Indian Art – PLAH 2140

Indian art is fused with myth, religion, and politics. This course will explore Indian art and architecture within an aesthetic and cultural context. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism will be discussed through the visual record. We will explore the philosophies represented by various gods and religious symbols. The course will begin with the early Indus Valley civilization. We will then look at India in terms of North and South. Under each ruling culture a style of art was developed. Some of the major periods discussed are the Ghandaran, Mauryan, Dravidian, Gupta, and Mughal.

Indian Ensemble – JPER 4518

Students in this ensemble will learn and perform repertoire from a variety of Indian music styles and genres, including popular music and the classical traditions of North India (Hindustani music) and South India (Karnatak music). Special attention is paid to the principles of raga and tala as well as improvisational techniques and approaches that have been of great interest to jazz musicians for decades.

Democracy, Property Rights and Chinese Urban Experience – ULGB 3433 – A

This course explores the questions of democracy and property rights in the context of global capitalism and the recent Chinese urban experience. It investigates whether the principles of western democracy can be and should be adapted in other settings, with a focus on the contemporary Chinese political economy. It pays special attention to the tension-charged relation between democracy and property rights by examining the everyday life of the ordinary Chinese people.

Graduate – Fall 2014

Great Transformations – GPOL 6434 

This seminar analyzes the comparative political economy of the modern welfare state in comparative historical perspective. It addresses the following questions: Why did the modern welfare state emerge in the twentieth century? What factors explain the variety of processes of capital accumulation and social protection across the world? What have been the consequences of these differences for patterns of human welfare, democratic politics and economic change?

Labor Economics 1: Labor, Development and Gender – GECO 6270 

The course, which is jointly offered to MA and Ph.D. student would be run in a seminar format with 1-2 initial overview lectures and then presentations by the students on the particular topics. This course will examine key labor economic issues in developing countries with a particular emphasis on gender issues.

Graduate  – Spring 2015

Political Economy of Development – GPOL 6488

This course offers a critical survey of key concepts, theories and paradigms in the political economy of development since 1945.It seeks to provide an intellectual history of the field as well as an assessment of the power and limitations of rival explanatory approaches. The first section examines classical developmental paradigms: modernization, planning and late industrialization; dependency and world system theories; the neoclassical counter-revolution; gender, feminism and development; and governmentality, high modernism and post-development.

Past Courses:

India China Interactions (2010 -) NINT: This undergraduate course was a requirement for students studying in India, China and at The New School who participated in the India China Knowledge and Capacity Building Initiative program (ICKCBI). Taught by a various ICI-affiliated professors, the course emphasized critical perspectives on historical and contemporary India and China. In interested in this course, please visit this page periodically as it will be offered again in the future.
China Urbanized: The Making of the Chinese Middle Class (Spring 2014)
Everyday Religion in India (2012) 
China in Revolution and Reform (2012)
The State and Market in China (2012)
Ecology and the Himalayas (2012)
Environmental Sustainability in China and India (2012)
Final Frontiers: Arctic Geopolitics in the Era of Climate (2012)
World Political Economy (2012) GECO 5108
Civil Society and Democratic Life: a Tocquevillian Perspective (2011) GPOL 5046
Constitutional Revolutions: Judicial and Political (2010) GPOL 5110
South Asian Politics (2010) GPOL 6318

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