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  • Locations: Delhi, India
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Drake Administered Housing Options: Hotel
Credit Type: Drake Credit Language of Instruction: English
Provider: Drake University
Program Description:
INTD/HONR 85: Developing Democracy: India
Faculty: Elizabeth Robertson and Brad Crowell
AOIs: Engaged Citizen, Global and Cultural Understanding, or Historical Foundations
Developing Democracy examines India in 1946 at a point of crisis in leadership and compares different ideas and debates on how to establish and preserve unity, national identity and authority, and yet accommodate changing views of social and economic justice. What are the sources of power of those who govern the society, and what constraints exist on that power?  How are the demands of the community (political, religious, or class) balanced with a growing sense of individual liberty? What tensions exist because of differences in wealth and status and attitudes toward economic inequality? Students will explore these questions and come to reasoned conclusions about how traditional structures of authority are or are not to be maintained in the face of challenges from new ideas. Class is conducted not through lecture or discussion but through an elaborate role-playing pedagogy known as “Reacting to the Past.” “Reacting to the Past” seeks to introduce students to major ideas and texts by replicating the historical context in which these ideas acquired significance. Students read classic texts, set in particular moments of intellectual and social foment, which inform the roles they are assigned. Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945 is set in Shimla in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the British viceroy has invited leaders of various religious and political constituencies to work out the future of Britain’s largest colony. 
Estimated Range: $5,010-5,420

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