Exploring India and its Diversity

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSVS1FC5213

Semester and Year Offered: 5th Semester (Monsoon Semester 2019)

Course Coordinator and Team: Akha Kaihrii Mao, Surajit Sarkar & Dharitri Narzary

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Pre-requisites: Semester 4

Course objectives/ Description: The course will introduce students to the varied historical, socio-cultural and linguistic diversity of the country. The Course aimed at sensitizing students to the diversity of the various regions, states and communities that exist in the country. It will help students to know these diversities and appreciate the uniqueness of the diversity and also the need to respect for the others.

Course Outcomes: With the help of the course students will be able to:

  • explain the India’s diverse history, cultural practices and belief system
  • identify distinctive regional characteristics in the making of India.
  • familiarise with the living elements of cultural diversity through field visits to community events / festivals, meeting with members of community based organisations.
  • appreciate the multi-cultural constituents of a country and respect for different cultures.
  • differentiate between ideologies of different communities and be sensitive to cultural differences in everyday life.
  • identify stereotyping and hindrances in developing an understanding of people, regions and cultures of the country.
  • elaborate rich historical, socio-cultural and linguistic differences of different people, their contributions in nation building including political decision making process.
  • undertake SWOT analysis of India’s cultural diversity in a global perspective.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  1. ‘Multi-cultural India’ and its cultural diversity: This module will help students in understanding the diversity exists in Indian Society. It will provide knowledge of the history of India and emergence of different culture in India.
  2. Encountering cultures: This module will provide an exposure to students about the various historical, socio-cultural diversities and the gender role of the selected regions/communities directly from one of the resource person from each of the selected communities.
  3. Meeting selected communities in the Delhi Diaspora: this module will provide students and opportunity to explore and find out how the various communities promote and preserve their cultural heritages and maintain their unique identities. In this module, students will be able to interact and study more closely some communities apart from his or her individual community.

Assessment Details with weights:

  1. Assignment 1(a) 20%
  2. Assignment 1 (b) 10%
  3. Assignment 2 20%
  4. Project Report 40%
  5. Class Participation/Attendance 10%

Reading List:

1. This India – by Sheila Dhar , Publications Division; 1999


  1. India An Introduction by Khushwant Singh, Harper Collins, 2006
  2. Folktales of various communities of India-NBT publications