Spain, Barcelona

Contemporary Indian Politics

when 25 June 2019 - 28 June 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 250

This course is designed to introduce students to politics in contemporary India. India is a plural and diverse country with many religions, regions, classes, castes and communities. Also, India, after its independence, has adopted parliamentary democracy and has become the largest democracy in the world. Thus, the vibrant domain of Indian political process is fiercely contentious as it has to negotiate with a wide range of diversities and pluralities within a democratic framework in order to arrive at some kind of consensus. This course presents the multifaceted process of change in India since 1947. The five lectures (10 hours) are organized around five different themes: state formation and nation-building, democracy and civil society, communalism and politics, religion and the state, India and the world. The course will begin by analyzing the process of political change and nation-building in India, It will then examine the question: why is India the largest democracy in today’s world? After analyzing the democratic trajectory of India and the role of civil society, the course turns its focus on state-society interactions and especially the problem of communalism in India. This will take us toward issues related to secularism, religion and the state in India. We will end the course with a brief focus on the global role of India and its foreign policy.

Course leader

Ramin Jahanbegloo (Jindal Global University)

Target group

The IBEI Summer School in Global Politics, Development and Security is a program designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of international security, international development and global politics issues. The objective is to offer different short courses on significant topics, taught by scholars and experts of international prestige. The School will enable participants to broadly discuss - in and out the classroom - current developments in world politics in the light of core social-science and IR theories and perspectives. A social program for networking will be also available to participants. Optionally, students may ask for an assessment in order to be able to obtain ECTS credits, provided they are recognized by their university.

Course aim

This course is designed to introduce students to politics in contemporary India. India is a plural and diverse country with many religions, regions, classes, castes and communities. Also, India, after its independence, has adopted parliamentary democracy and has become the largest democracy in the world. Thus, the vibrant domain of Indian political process is fiercely contentious as it has to negotiate with a wide range of diversities and pluralities within a democratic framework in order to arrive at some kind of consensus. This course presents the multifaceted process of change in India since 1947. The five lectures (10 hours) are organized around five different themes: state formation and nation-building, democracy and civil society, communalism and politics, religion and the state, India and the world. The course will begin by analyzing the process of political change and nation-building in India, It will then examine the question: why is India the largest democracy in today’s world? After analyzing the democratic trajectory of India and the role of civil society, the course turns its focus on state-society interactions and especially the problem of communalism in India. This will take us toward issues related to secularism, religion and the state in India. We will end the course with a brief focus on the global role of India and its foreign policy.

Credits info

2 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain ECTS credits if they are recognized by their universities.

10 hour course: 2 credits = Complete the course + daily assignments / project work

Fee info

EUR 250: Fee for Students. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 10 June 2019
EUR 400: Fee for Professionals/Researchers. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 10 June 2019

Scholarships

A number of scholarships to cover full or half course fees will be available. In addition to the application requirements, to apply for a scholarship, interested persons must send to IBEI until 13th May 2019, a letter of interest and a recommendation let