In a little over one month, on June 6th, I’ll be boarding a flight to Frankfurt, Germany. From there, I’ll take a connecting flight to Bengaluru, India. As my departure date gets closer and closer, the reality of my trip is starting to really sink in. I just received my student visa from the Indian consulate, and I finished paying my tuition bill today. So, there’s no turning back now! As I continue my trip preparations, I thought I’d give you some information about the university I’ll be attending throughout the Summer 2017 semester.
I will be studying abroad through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). This non-profit organization works with universities across the world, and provides study abroad opportunities for students around the globe. The name of my USAC university is Christ University. Established in 1969, Christ University is a private university in southern India that is administered by the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Catholic congregation. Christ University was founded on the educational and social reform work of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. Approximately 18,000 students attend Christ University, and a variety of Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees are offered in the humanities, social sciences, science, commerce, management, engineering, education, and law. Here’s a short description of each of the courses I’ll be taking: Caste, Class, and Gender in India This course on Caste, Class and Gender focuses on India and the structural aspects of inequality that operate. The course addresses the concept of caste and its operation in contemporary India. It looks at the class structure of a country which houses one of the largest middle classes in the world. The course also looks at gender and the operation of patriarchy as well as the areas of intersection of all three. It gives the students the theoretical base which would enable them to critically examine and analyze these concepts and understand their significance in Indian society. Health Care Services India is rich and diverse in her medical tradition since ages. The medical pluralism exists today in this country encompasses embracing of world culture as we have multiple medical systems such as biomedicine, ayurveda, unani, siddha, homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga, Chinese and Tibetan medicine and a variety of folk traditions. “The emergence and arrival of different medical systems, their acculturation into various communities, as well as the way they synchronized and contested with the indigenous are quite unique to Indian medical and cultural history” (Sujatha, V and Leena Abraham, 2012). This course, therefore, is distinctive in its approach in addressing the health care services in India today and its various issues. Students will also experience some healing practices through field visits and observation which will be thought provoking and inquisitive.
Introduction to Hindi Language This course will introduce students to Hindi and its literary heritage. After completing this course students will be able to communicate in basic Hindi. Additionally, I’m enrolled in two extracurricular classes: yoga and Indian cuisine.
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