India is one of the world’s most diverse countries in the world. Home to hundreds of various ethnic groups, spoken languages, and religious traditions, India is exhilarating to experience through activity and culture. The TnCIS India program will take place in the “Golden Triangle” region of north-central India where students can explore the major cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Students will begin the program with two days in India’s bustling capital, Delhi, followed by two days in Agra, where students will see the magnificent Taj Mahal. The remaining two weeks will be spent in Jaipur, the most important city in the desert state of Rajasthan, India. Jaipur is known as the Pink City and is famous for its rich cultural history and shopping. Each of these cities comprises numerous characteristics of one of the most impactful countries in the history of mankind.
The recorded history of India dates back 5,000 years. The country is home to some of the world’s most significant religious, economic, and intellectual advancements. India is the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism. India holds one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal, and was also home to “Mahatma” Gandhi, one of the most recognizable and profoundly effectual figures of modern history.
India is the world’s largest democracy and one of the world’s most populated countries with over 1.3 billion people. Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are centers of India’s amazing diversity, illustrating striking examples of its political, social, intellectual, and religious advancements. Students will discover the mélange of India by experiencing its hospitality, visiting historically crucial sites, while also becoming immersed in the local culture.
- Tentative dates July 8 - 28, 2018
All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level. TnCIS program courses are for credit only.
In India, students will enroll in ONE course. For more information about each of these courses, including pre-requisites and syllabi, use the button provided below.
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Students in TnCIS India 2018 will have an opportunity to take one of the following courses: Social Problems or Modern World History.
Students in Social Problems will study the modern social issues of Indian culture as they connect to gender, crime and violence, drug abuse, poverty, environment, and health care. The course will utilize a comparative perspective to evaluate social problems in both the U.S. and India. The sociology course also incorporates multiple non-governmental organization (NGO) visits to local organizations in Delhi and Jaipur that address gender inequality, environmental issues, and health care challenges.
Modern World History students will examine the rise of the Indian caste system, the emergence of Hinduism and Islam in India, the creation of India as the "crown jewel" of the British empire, India during the "world wars," Mahatma Gandhi and Indian resistance against British rule, and major developments in India since independence in 1947. Some course excursions include visits to the Gandhi Museum, the British Nahargarh Fort, and multiple local organizations addressing historical and contemporary social and cultural issues.
A percentage of each student's course grade will come through one or more faculty directed service-learning projects, through visits or a project assisting a local non-profit (NGO). Previous projects included educational activities at a children’s organization and other community service activities with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Your professor will provide more information on service learning opportunities. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit local organizations that are active in social justice areas such as gender inequality, health care access, economic development, and environmental sustainability.
Please Note: Students should be prepared to walk several miles a day over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities. Students participating in the India program will also need to plan for temperatures in the range of of 90-100°F during July. Culture shock, positive and negative, may also be experienced. Students should be aware of the potential physical and mental challenges of studying abroad.
Excursions May Include
In Delhi, students may visit:
- Gandhi Smriti, a museum dedicated to Gandhi, as it is the location where Gandhi spent the final 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated
- India Gate, a World War I memorial
- Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque
- Lotus Temple, an architectural wonder and center of local worship
- Bus tour of the economic and political center of Delhi
- Bicycle rickshaw tour of historic Old Delhi.
In Agra, students may experience the majestic Taj Mahal, as well as the Agra Fort, an amazing fortress-palace complex established during the dynastic reign of one of India’s most famous ruling families, the Moghuls.
Some excursions in Jaipur may include:
- The “Pink City,” which contains some of Jaipur’s magnificent architecture as well as its bustling markets and bazaars full of amazing textiles and jewelry
- An elephant ride to the Amber Fort, a gorgeous sandstone and marble fort, formerly home to local Indian royalty
- the Nahargarh or Tiger Fort, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Jaipur
- Hindu temples
- A local educational institute with a focus on economic and environmental studies
- Merchant demonstrations to highlight the area's skilled craft trades in carpet and textile making, metalwork, jewelry and pottery industries.
Students will also visit several NGO's that focus on health care, environmental, sustainability, education, gender empowerment, disadvantaged children, and other social justice concerns.
Classes will be held approximately for 2 - 3 hours per day, five days per week, at onsite lodging facilities.
All housing will be in a tourist class hotel. Two meals a day will be included in the cost of the program: breakfast and either lunch or dinner.