Rising powers: India

Course Dates: 07/05/24 - 18/06/24
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Online
Within a few decades, India has become a key global actor. What explains this rise and what does it mean for the “world’s largest democracy” and the world?
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Rising powers: India
  • Course Code: HPC110
  • Dates: 07/05/24 - 18/06/24
  • Time: 12:30 - 14:30
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin

Course Code: HPC110

Tue, day, 07 May - 18 Jun '24

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The aim of this course is to give students the key elements to understand the political, social and economic transformations experienced by India since independence, and the role it plays in the world. By studying its recent history, its politics and its foreign relations, students will gain a deeper knowledge of this varied and fascinating country.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- From independence to Modi: a historical overview of India (two weeks)
- The state of Indian democracy
- India’s social, economic, and environmental challenges
- India’s foreign policy.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify the key political actors that shaped India since independence
- Analyse the different phases in the economic transformation of India
- Discuss constructively the state of democracy in India
- Assess the domestic issues India faces
- Discuss constructively the relations of India with her neighbours and the rest of the world.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

A good standard of English is required. Some background knowledge about India and global affairs would be useful but is not essential. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be a combination of lectures, backed by PowerPoint presentations, and discussions in large and small groups. Handouts will be given in each class. Material to prepare the discussions will be available on the course website.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Books will be recommended but students are not required to purchase them if they do not wish. This is not an exam course and there are no extra costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please explore our history and politics section for additional courses.

Sebastien Ardouin

After under- and post-graduate studies in Politics and History in both France and the UK, Sébastien settled in London. He has been teaching at the City Lit since 2001. Over the years, he has covered many different subjects, including politics, history, economy and culture of Latin America, French modern history, European history, global issues and current affairs. In his classes, Sébastien hopes to give learners the skills, tools and information that can help them not only to make sense of the world we live in but also to understand the origins of the key issues we face.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.