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Study Abroad Through Dragons-Naropa: India Semester

 

Good for: Students interested in studying issues about religious pluralism and practice (Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jain, Sikhs), traditional art forms, or global economic development.

Overview

Typically, Dragons study abroad students spend time in communities that represent the multiple visions of India: Jaipur, the famed Pink City of Rajastan, Ladakh, a region high in the Himalaya, and McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan Government in Exile. Through language, intercultural, and regional studies courses students explore modern India in our program base and during travel and trekking throughout the country.

While this program engages in academic exploration of and travels to the India Himalaya and the deserts of Rajasthan (among other places), it is our extended stay in Jaipur that frames the program. In Jaipur, students live in homestays and meet daily for classes and discussions. Students learn Hindi from experienced local teachers and focus on intercultural communication in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, students explore our the maze of markets in our community and visit nearby deserts, temples, and shrines to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and society of Rajasthan.

The approach to academics includes the chance to explore some of the subcontinent’s most venerated and least-known places during dynamic portions of the semester. Students engage with our regional studies and independent study coursework as students visit large and vibrant cities and when students stay in local villages rarely visited by Westerners. As students move through the country, they study modern India’s struggles and progress with gender, religion, caste, social justice, development, and environmental issues. Moreover, these varied experiences help students see the scope of what it means to live in India in the 21st century. In addition to these regional studies, students also focus on the process of developing sound research methods and plans for our independent topics of investigation.

Through cultural, linguistic, and spiritual explorations of India students learn deeply about the rich fabric of Indian life, while also developing essential skills to support life-long cultural engagement.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions: Naropa students may choose to do the program for 12-16 credits

ASIA/GLOS 320 Regional Seminar: Culture and Traditions in Modern India (4 credits)
This course provides students with an in-depth introduction to the cultures and traditions in contemporary India. Students begin their study in this course through an overview of the country’s cultural, social, and political background. Using lectures, readings, and discussion this course then surveys social issues and vulnerable populations in India such as the role of women, economic issues of the caste system, environment, public health, education, and spiritual traditions for Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. Opportunities are also provided for students to engage local experts in discussion through guest lecturers and field trips. This course helps students deepen their understanding of the traditions, religious practices, history, and contemporary lifestyles of the people who call the cities and villages of modern-day India home. In addition, program travels in India take students to communities which are engaged in addressing these issues, providing experiential opportunities for learning and growth.

 

GLOS 211 Intercultural Development and Global Citizenship (4 credits)

Drawing from culturally diverse models of leadership and epistemology, this course examines topics such as intercultural and interpersonal communication skills, various leadership styles, and the roles and responsibilities of global citizenship. Through a variety of instructional methods and assignments, students explore the factors which influence human relationships to self, communities, and the natural world.

COMM 301 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)

This course is designed to provide study abroad students with an in-depth understanding of essential intercultural communication theories as well as the key skills needed to apply theories in interactions with host country nationals. Throughout the course, students learn relevant concepts and terminology in order to develop skills to interpret and analyze their intercultural interactions. The first half of the course focuses on positivistic and interpretive frameworks of intercultural communication as well as self-reflexivity. The second half of the course focuses on critical intercultural communication scholarship and applications, challenging the student to question default thinking patterns and recognize nuances of human interaction. Course assignments, reflection, structured activities, and direct experience emphasize the development of further intercultural competence among students. Foundational courses in communication theory are recommended, but not required.

ANTH/ISP 325 Independent Study Project (ISP): Methods and Applications (4 credits)
This course is focused on providing students with a basic understanding of ethnographic research methods and skills, while also giving students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in a topic of study. During the first half of the course, a series of thematic seminars focus on research methodologies, the importance of ethics in research, best practices in working in cross-cultural partnerships in the host country, and skills training related to designing a study proposal. Students develop an understanding of how to refine research question(s), determine appropriate research and learning methods, and address ethical issues related to their projects. During the second half of this course, students use the plan outlined in their approved study proposal to carry out an individualized and in-depth study on a subject of their choice using primary sources. With the support of an academic advisor and/or a local mentor, students select a topic which relates to the program’s scope, design an approach to study this subject, and conduct an individual project. The chosen topic of independent study may involve either an academic inquiry or the learning of a traditional skill through an apprenticeship. Typical ISP projects include research on environmental issues, yoga and meditation, Ayurvedic medicine, or an intensive focus on the arts: jewelry, traditional dance, sitar, or tabla.
Hindi Language - HIND 150, 250, 350

HIND 150: Hindi I
(Hindi Language 150; 4 credits) This course introduces students to the Hindi language and is designed for students with no or minimal previous background in spoken or written Hindi. Students in this course focus on learning essential vocabulary, practicing pronunciation, and understanding simple grammatical structures. This knowledge prepares students to effectively communicate in Hindi on a limited range of topics related to everyday situations. Students practice listening and speaking in real-life situations, learn to read and write Hindi script (Devanagari script), and examine how culture and language interact in India. In-class activities and course assignments aim to assist students as they develop the oral proficiency and confidence necessary to initiate simple conversations. Out-of-classroom experiences such a field trips and guided interactions with native speakers supplement formal classroom instruction and provide ample opportunities for practical engagement. In addition, language skills gained in this course support students to deepen participation in other program and academic activities such as homestays and the Independent Study Project.

HIND 250: Hindi II
(Hindi Language 250; 4 credits) This course introduces students to more challenging linguistic Hindi language material in order to establish a solid foundation for the use of the language. Students in this course focus on building on past language exposure to improve speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students expand their oral expression abilities by increasing vocabulary, improving understanding of grammar concepts, strengthening pronunciation abilities, focusing on listening comprehension, and building on previously studied Hindi script (Devanagari script). This course introduces new language concepts to allow students to speak about topics pertaining to their daily lives and also focuses on deepening knowledge of Indian culture and customs. By the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to engage in basic daily conversations, read simple texts, and write for daily needs. In-class activities and course assignments aim to assist students as they develop the ability to appropriately use language and improve proficiency. Out-of-classroom experiences such a field trips and guided interactions with native speakers supplement formal classroom instruction and provide ample opportunities for practical engagement. In addition, language skills gained in this course support students to deepen participation in other program and academic activities such as homestays and the Independent Study Project.

HIND 350: Hindi III
(Hindi Language 350; 4 credits) This course is designed to develop advanced skills in the Hindi language and is intended for students with extensive prior exposure to the language. This course focuses on consolidating linguistic knowledge and development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students in this course will develop advanced comprehension of and competence in using spoken Hindi in a wide-variety of experiences. Grammatical functions will be reviewed and incorporated as they relate to particular communication needs. A mix of communicative and interactive methods are used to develop advanced proficiency and materials are drawn from a variety of media sources and texts. In addition, students develop their understanding of the relationship between the Hindi language and culture.  By the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to express sophisticated and nuanced ideas both orally and in writing. Out-of-classroom experiences such a field trips and guided interactions with native speakers supplement formal classroom instruction and provide ample opportunities for practical engagement. In addition, language skills gained in this course support students to deepen participation in other program and academic activities such as homestays and the Independent Study Project.

Dates

Dates for Fall Semester: August 29-December 12

Dates for Spring Semester: January 24 - May 9

Cost for 2018-2019

Tuition*:     $11,580
Room & Board:   $3,975
School of Record fee:  $800
TOTAL: $16,355


*Tuition includes 12-16 credit hours plus in-country travel and excursions.

Additionally, you will be responsible for:

Airfare:   Approximately $1200
Travel insurance: Approximately $465
Visa: $76
Books & supplies: Approximately $300
Immunizations: Varies
Personal expenses:     Varies

 

Study Abroad Scholarships

If a student chooses a Naropa Sponsored (Dragons) or Affiliated (SIT) programs, he/she may apply for one of Dragons', or SIT scholarships. In addition to those funds, students may apply for one or more of the other general/regional scholarships for Study Abroad.

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