ANTH 3704



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Course No. and Title:

ANTH 3704 South Asia

Credit Value:

Three (3) credit hours

Benefits of the course

  • In this course, we will examine India in relation to contemporary issues of poverty and economic progress, the role of women, the impact of globalization and future mandates in the new millennium.  
  • Learn about a country that traces its origin at least 5000 years back with traditions that are still embedded in everyday lives.
  • This course also focuses on a number of topical areas pertaining to India in the 21st century including environmental challenges; globalization and the impact on health; and women in modern India.
Course Description:

This course is designed as an exploratory course on the Ethnography of India. The South Asian culture area covers India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma and Sri Lanka. It is an eclectic mix of languages and culture types, with more than one billion people occupying an area less than two-thirds the size of the United States. South Asia is centered on the Indian subcontinent and is predominantly a Hindu and Muslim region, with important Christian and Buddhist elements included, as well as many other coexisting religious groups. These religions provide charters for a hierarchically organized society and regulate the smallest details of daily life, including family structure, the relationships between men and women, domestic duties, the food that people eat, inheritance and property rights, including formal and informal dress codes and codes of conduct. 

Prerequisite: None
Course Instructor:

Dr. Koumari Mitra, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UNBF.

Course Features:

A variety of articles pertaining to the reading modules have been organized and available on D2L. Each module has been constructed in an orderly fashion and reading materials attached with the respective sections. Each module starts with lecture slides and followed by specific readings. Students are required to consult their modfule information for their midterm test, term paper, and seminar presentation. Students can choose a selection of readings for a particular module. I have also included a selection of videos that are based on the modules. There are 29 selected videos to this course. You are encouraged to watch these videos as they will enable you to have a better grasp of your reading material and lecture slides.

Course Format:

This course has 10 distinct modules. Students are required to take the following modules namely i). Introduction; ii) Major Historical Periods; iii) Social Stratification and iv) India in the 21st Century for their Midterm test. These are mandatory modules for this course. Subsequently, students are required to take any two modules from the remaining six to construct their final research paper. A powerpoint presentation is required based on the final research paper.

Course Texts:

No textbook required. However, there are some recommended texts that are listed with the modules and are available at the UNB Libraries. In addition, a variety of articles pertaining to the reading modules have been organized and available on D2L. Students are required to consult these readings materials.


Assignments & Examinations:

All course evaluations are paper-based.


Take Home Midterm Test: 30% (Midterm test can only be attempted after students have finished first 3 mandatory sections of the Reading Modules) This is a non-invigilated test.

Final Term Paper/ Research Report: 50%   (Students are required to select research topic related to the course material in consultation with the instructor. A research report based on the selected topic in an essay format is required. This research report serves as your final research paper).

Seminar Presentation: 20% (Students are also required to do a Powerpoint presentation of their research report)

Time Limit: Six months from the student registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
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Methods of Payment:

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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.