Course Offerings picThe 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 will monitor The New School’s University Course Catalog and will update as soon as new courses become available.


Undergraduate – Spring 2015

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 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.

Postcolonial Fiction, Migration, Diaspora and the Transnational – LLSL 3416

Students in this class will  read significant twentieth century Anglophone fiction which addresses the widespread experience of postcolonial migration and the formation of diaspora. The work of Arjun Appadurai and other theorists of migration, diaspora and the transnational will provide a frame for exploring fiction both to see how migration, identity formation, class and gender are represented and how novelists thoughtfully shape fictional form to achieve this task.

Religion and Superstition in Modern China – LREL 3037

This course examines the history and role of religion in the Chinese cultural sphere (Mainland China, Taiwan, and diaspora) from the mid-19th century up to the present day. We will focus on the relationship between religious institutions and the state during the late imperial, republican, and communist periods. Students will learn about the impact of religious ideas, practices, and organizations on social, political, and economic processes, and inspect the role of religion in the consolidation of individual, communal, and national identity.

Rights and Activism in Contemporary China – 2032

Students will use case studies of current and prominent human rights issues to contemplate the following questions: In what kinds of situations is the language of rights useful, and how are individuals interpreting and enacting rights claims? What is the role of the state in promoting or hindering human rights? What relationship does human rights have with China’s burgeoning capitalist markets? What are the interactions between the international human rights movement and domestic grassroots activism? The growth of grassroots groups and the expansion of civil society in China will be discussed, including the impact of technology, international funding, and domestic law.

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.

Privatization and Commodification – GPOL 6378

This course examines social, political, and economic processes by which the commons are made into objects to be owned and sold for private profit. During the semester, we discuss the theoretical and legal foundations of material and intellectual property in a variety of traditions. The empirical contexts for our explorations will vary as we place current local transformations in their global context. Our case studies may include mortgage securities and the foreclosure crisis in the United States; forest ownership and timber smuggling on the Russia-China border; the privatization of water tables in Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, India and elsewhere; and debates over the capture and copyright of biomaterial internationally, from genetically modified seeds to human DNA used in criminal trials.

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