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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-417
Senior Capstone: South Asia (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section. Rotating senior capstone topics focusing on South Asia. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: International Studies major and at least 75 credits.

SISU-417
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Senior Capstone: South Asia (3)

Diaspora, Identity, and Culture: Global Indians

In recent decades, the study of diaspora communities has raised crucial questions about migration and identity. Drawing on a variety of research methods and personal observation, this course focuses on a comparative analysis of issues of diaspora identity and politics in the light of recent trends and scholarly literature concerning Indian communities overseas, examining the chronology, motivations, and patterns of migration from post-colonial India. The course focuses on the Gulf countries in West Asia, the UK, and the U.S., which all have significant Indian-origin communities with both similarities and huge differences in class composition, income, and achievement levels. It examines the political role and mobilization of Indian communities in different settings, both in terms of lobbying, access and participation, and coordination with other diaspora groups, and the changing dynamics of international politics in a global context through the lens of historical and cultural experiences, identity politics, and contemporary political challenges.