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POL 228H - Comparative Cultures & Politics of India and United States

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This honors course provides theoretical and empirical tools to help students understand the comparative cultures and politics of India and the United States and how they intersect.  The course examines the political diversity between these two great democracies. Students explore how culture shapes the power relations and how political dynamics impact culture. Students undertake a short-term, study abroad experience to India to gain personal experience and first-hand knowledge of cultural and political institutions. Students also examine the cultural politics of gender and religion within contemporary India.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify culture in Asian and American societies.
  2. Explain the concept of democracy.
  3. Contrast presidential and parliamentary political systems.
  4. Distinguish the impact of culture on major social institutions like family, religion, education and politics.
  5. Analyze social problems and issues related to poverty and gender.
  6. Devise appropriate research methodologies for a research problem.
Listed Topics
  1. Material and non-material culture
  2. Democracy and human rights
  3. Presidential and parliamentary systems
  4. Political and social institutions
  5. Politics of poverty and gender
  6. Research methodology

Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Culture Society and Citzenship
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 04/17/2019

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