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Program Description:
 
Religion of India

The Religions and Peoples of India

UMAIE Scholarship

Summary
The Religions and Peoples of India is a stunning introduction to the religions, beauty, diversity, history, and challenges of the world’s largest democracy.
 
Academic Overview

The Religions and Peoples of India is an interdisciplinary study of the pluralistic culture and religions of India. Students will arrive in Chennai where Madras Christian College will host the class for the first portion of the course. From Chennai, students will travel to Madurai to experience its famous Meenakshi Amman temple, visit Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary, and Gandhigram University. Then we will go to Thanjavur to visit Brihadeeswarar Temple. Other day trips will include cultural, religious, historical, and recreational sites such as the Mamallapuram Dance Festival, a beach resort on the Indian Ocean, ancient religious ruins, an artists' colony, temples, mosques, Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. Course lectures will address India's religions, caste system, poverty, political economy, population, family issues, and the fine arts. Students will have the opportunity to practice yoga with a guru, play cricket, attend a Bollywood blockbuster, and learn to cook with Indian spices. Students will travel north to Varanasi (Benares), India’s holiest city, and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, known as the “Pink City” for its trademark building color, Khajuraho, famous for its temples, Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, and lastly to New Delhi to study the history of India from its ancient roots to the contemporary moment, the National Museum of India, the oldest mosque in India, as well as the largest mosque of India, the Baha’i Temple of India, a Sikh Gurdwara, and the Gandhi Museum built at the site of the Mahatma's tragic assassination. Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be visited.
 
Program Fee/Cost:
Estimated Program Cost  Included in Program Cost  *Tuition Notice
Program Estimate: $8,727 - $9,027
*Includes Tuition and Administrative Fee

The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018

There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st.  Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
  • Transportation
  • course arrangements 
  • hotel accommodations -  twin, triple, and multi-bedded rooms,
  • continental breakfast daily,
  • 22 lunch and 22 dinners (subject to change)
For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition.  The tuition charge is included in the estimate listed, but will appear separately on your bill.
Prerequisites
A genuine interest in cultural and religious diversity in India is required but there are no academic prerequisites for this course. Since this course requires frequent walks of up to several miles over rough terrain a reasonably good physical condition is helpful.

Course Equivalency
Major/Minor: THEO 3000 Level Course
Core Liberal Arts Requirement: 2nd Theology Course
*This course has been approved to meet the 2nd Theology requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree. In order to complete the St. Kate's requirement, 
students will need to take or have taken an additional Theology course on campus (generally THEO 1000 or THEO 2000). 
 
Required Readings

Trautmann, Thomas R. India: Brief History of a Civilization. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Clothey, Fred. Religion in India: A Historical Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2007.
The Bhagavad-Gita. trans. Juan Mascaró. London: Penguin Classic, 2003.

Recommended readings:
Lopez, Donald S. ed. Religions of India in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.
Luce, Edward. In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India. London: Abacus Press, 2007.
Mahabharata. trans. R. K. Narayan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.
Ramayana. trans. R. K. Narayan. London: Penguin Classic, 2006.
 
Evaluation

15% - Attendance: Students are required to attend all course activities (e.g., lectures, group discussions, cultural events, common meals, and site visits) unless they are indicated as optional.
15% - Participation: Students are required to engage each other and the course activities constructively.
20% - Readings: Evidence of readings will appear in and be evaluated through the students’ journals and the final papers. While in India, students will also read one of the several English language Indian daily newspapers evidence of which will appear in their journals and final papers
30% - Journal: Students will keep an academic journal through which they will reflect critically on their experiences, observations, readings, and group discussions. The professor will review journals regularly, at least once a week. 
20% - Comprehensive Response Paper: Students will write a final paper that requires a synthesis of their experiences, readings, and judgments into a coherent response to the religions and peoples of India.
 
Faculty Director(s)

Mladen Turk, Elmhurst College (630) 617-3782, email: turkm@elmhurst.edu  
TBD
 
Description of Faculty Director(s)

 
Turk Dr. Turk’s area of specialization is religion and science with special focus on scientific theories of religion and methodology of the study of religion, but teaches broadly in the areas of history of Christianity in 19th and 20th century and religious traditions of South Asia. Dr. Turk studied philosophy, ethnology, Indology and theology in Zagreb, Croatia; philosophy of religion at University of Bergen, Norway; and religious studies at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His recent publications include a book Being Religious: Cognitive and Evolutionary Theories in Historical Perspective 
 
   
  Second Faculty Director TBD
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Application Procedures & Deadline
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· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact: Prof. Mladen Turk
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office. 

 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January Term 2019 10/01/2018 10/15/2018 01/01/2019 01/26/2019