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Ramapo College - India: Development and Sustainability (Semester)
Andra Pradesh, India; Bangalore, India; Mysore, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Program Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: Ramapo College of New Jersey 
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Discipline of Study: Anthropology, College Honors, Communication Arts, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Science/Studies, Ethnic Relations, Gender Studies, History, Human Rights & Genocide Studies, International Studies, Liberal Studies, Media Cinema Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Sociology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel, Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior) Program Type: Study
Program Description:

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Sustainable Development in South India
Credits: 16
Program Location:  Bangalore, India
Term: Spring 

All students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible.
 


 

Faculty / Program Team

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Ruma Sen, Professor of Communication Arts, rsen@ramapo.edu

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Ashwani Vasishth, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, vasishth@ramapo.edu

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Sanghamitra Padhy, Assistant Professor of Law & Sustainability, spadhy@ramapo.edu

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The founder of Fireflies and the Director of Pipal Tree is an activist and writer who regularly contributes to Indian and international newspapers and journals. Siddhartha lectures all over the world on issues related to culture, ecology, and sustainable development.

Renowned faculty from Indian universities along with famous writers, journalists and activitists will deliver lectures to students throughout the semester.

Program Description

Students register for 4 sequential courses (each worth 4 credits) for a total of 16 credits. Courses fulfill requirements in the Sociology, International Studies, and Environmental Studies majors, the Anthropology minor, and may apply to some General Education requirements as well. Course credit towards other majors is possible with permission. As a student you will "live your courses;" all of these courses include a wide range of experiential learning opportunities such as frequent trips to temples, markets, urban and rural development projects, and cultural sites. Students will also view and respond to a series of Indian films.

Site Description

The Ramapo College South India Semester Program is based at the Fireflies Intercultural Centre, thirty kilometers from Bangalore, in a beautiful grove of fruit trees and flowers on a hill that slopes down to a lake. Fireflies is concerned with promoting Earth spirituality, the resolution of ethnic violence, and the deepening of demoncracy and civil society in India. Fireflies hosts international events and seminars on social transformation. Pipal Tree, an organization located at Fireflies, conducts local workshops for the cultural revitilization fo religion, myth, folk traditions, dance, arts and crafts, as well as conflict resolution, environmental resources and spirituality. Students will also travel widely in South India as part of their coursework.

Course Descriptions 

Indian Culture & Society (INTD 302)

This course will introduce students to pre- and postcolonial Indian history; social diversity, including class, caste, and gender, philosophical, spiritual, and religious traditions; contemporary political and economic issues and some basic conversational Kannada, the local language. INTD-302 Indian Culture and Society.pdf

Sustainable Development in India (INTD 301)

The idea of "development" has had a major influence on the formation of economic, social and policitical institutions, spanning from the post-Independence period to modern-day India. Broadly, the story can be told on three interwoven themes: hyper-modernization, appropriate technology and sustainable development. This course will trace the trajectory of these three themes: in the West, in India and in the Developing World, as undergirded by Ghandian calls to self-sufficiency and sustainable development. Beginning with post-independence India, "development" was institutionalized through centralized planning apparatuses, such as large-scale modenization programs to increase agrarian and industrial production. In later phases of Indian development, these ideas moved from the "mixed economy" approach to the recent "liberalization" and integration of the economy into the global economy. The course concludes with an analysis of the rise of the non-governmental sector in India, with their calls for a more appropriate approach to technology and sustainable development. INTD-301_Sustainable_Development.pdf


Social Movements in South India (INTD 303)

This course explores ways in which people in India are organizing to achieve social justice and working to find solutions to economic, social and political problems. The course begins by reviewing the legal and political structures that shape the lives of India's citizens. Through readings, lectures, and excursions, students learn about the history and contemporary forms of several key social movements in India, including the women's movement, sexual minorities' movement, child rights movement, environmental movement, and tribal (adivasi) movement. INTD-303 Social Movements in South India.pdf

Field Study Project (INTD 409)

In this course, students conduct qualitative field research to investigate a topic related to development or social justice. This course requires students to complete field study research involving interviews, observations and qualitative analysis and to present a paper at conclusion of the semester.  Possible projects include eco-development, water rights, urban pollution, family planning and health issues, human rights issues, caste or gender inequality and empowerment, women and microcredit, social themes in Indian film and literature, and progressive media. INTD-409 Field Study Project.pdf

Learning Outcomes

  • Draw comparisons between their own culture and that of India
  • Analyze the trends of social movements in South India 
  • Examine the effects of sustainability on development and globalization in India 
  • Initiate individual research projects including fieldwork 
  • Practice cross-cultural communication

Student Assessment

Evaluation will differ from course to course, ranging from a variety of final examinations, reflection papers and self-initiated research projects.

Excursions

Students will spend approximately a third of their semester on field trips outside of Fireflies during the 15-week semester. Trips will include visits to development projects promoting women's literacy and ecological sustainability, ancient temples and palaces, and tribal villages. During the fourth course, Field Study Project, students may elect to remain at Fireflies and conduct research in the Bangalore area, or they may go to an approved study site outside of Fireflies.

Accommodations

Students live and study at Fireflies for most of their stay and will share comfortable double bedrooms, each with attached bath. The Fireflies campus has conference halls, meditation centers, walking paths, computers, wireless internet service*, a library and several dining pavilions. During field trips, accommodations will include educational institutions and hotels with roughly equivalent facilities. Leisure activities include pottery, volleyball, carom board, scrabble, swimming in an outdoor pool, and exploring sites in and around Bangalore, such as the Banerghatta tiger reserve (at student's own expense).
*Internet service may be intermittent due to local realities

Program Costs

Approximately $14,500 ($19,000 non-NJ residents).

Program fee includes: 

  • 16 credits (tuition & fees) from Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Round-trip airfare from NYC to Bangalore, India
  • Accommodations in double room
  • Most meals
  • All program-related excursions and entrance fees
  • Comprehensive international health and security insurance (HTH Worldwide)
  • Indian immigration entry visa
  • 24/7 on-site support staff
  • Academic materials (i.e. books)
  • Preparatory & administrative costs

Program fee does not include:

  • Some meals
  • Immunization fees
  • U.S. airport transfers
  • Costs associated with the Field Project Course (i.e. research materials & travel, etc.) 
  • Personal expenses (i.e. independent travel, etc.)
  • Supplemental dietary needs
  • Fees associated with flight date changes

Contact Us 

For more information regarding application process, important dates and deadlines, scholarship information, contact the Study Abroad Office by email at goabroad@ramapo.edu, by phone at 201-684-7533 or by visiting our website.  

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