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SIP Courses for International Students
Below is a sampling of courses offered by SIP. A fill course listings is available during thei on-site registration period. Courses and course titles are subject to change depending on the faculty availability, so students are asked to remain flexible in their course selections. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
All language courses are arranged by either SIP or specific language departments within the University of Hyderabad.
Basic Hindi focuses on vocabulary, foundational grammar patterns, and traditional pedagogy more appropriate for students intending to enter the second semester of Hindi I following their time in India. This course is arranged by SIP. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Basic Hindi II
Students can expect to have a vocabulary of approximately 1,000 words and be able to construct simple sentences by the end of this course. The four skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—are given equal importance. They will be able to express themselves clearly and speak about their present, past, and future actions, and have simple conversations with Indian students, shop keepers, travelers, drivers, workers, etc. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Students in this course can expect to master 500 words and 75-plus sentence structures. This course emphasizes conversational skills apart from learning the grammar found in the textbooks. At the end of the course, students are able to accurately pronounce the sounds of the Hindi alphabet, use and acquire Hindi outside of the classroom, and converse in Hindi with native speakers using proper Hindi. The teachings encourage the use of proper grammar in daily life activities by integrating them into lessons and conversations. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Intermediate Hindi II
Students can expect to master 1,500 words and 75-plus sentence structures in the texts. This course emphasizes conversational skills and grammar lessons in detail. As this course is the level above Intermediate Hindi, it includes such practical aspects as discussions and conversations with native speakers of Hindi and requires students to work with deeper parts of grammar and different styles of spoken Hindi. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Students can expect to master all of the common words or vocabulary of daily life activities, as well as literary vocabulary and sentence structures of the language. This course has all the grammar lessons in detail and many activities that improve speaking skills, such as discussions, presentations, and field work. Students enrolling in this course should have a minimum 1,000 word vocabulary, including knowledge of all of sentence structures taught in the intermediate level. Textbook: Lalit Hindi Vyakaran Katha Rachna by Bharat Mitra Shastry. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
This course introduces students to the basics of the Telugu language, focusing on conversation, reading, and writing. Whenever possible, emphasis is given to practice (dialogues, role playing, etc.), which allows students to use the language in real life contexts. This course is arranged by SIP. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
This course introduces students to the basics of the Urdu language, focusing on conversation, reading, and writing. Whenever possible, emphasis is given to practice (dialogues, role playing, etc.), which allows students to use the language in real-life contexts. This course is arranged by SIP. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Area Studies Courses
Creative Writing: An Indian Journey
An interactive course between teacher and student, and students and students. It covers the student’s original creative writing of poems, stories, plays, chapters of a novel in progress, etc., focusing on the students’ interactions with each other. As an interactive course, each student’s own work is subjected to peer-group criticism. It also includes interaction between reader and writer, which helps improve both writing and reading abilities. The course also focuses on exercises on imitation, parody, pastiche, etc. of the published papers of well-known writers of the students’ choice. These exercises are scrutinized in the class. This course also helps students understand and imitate the poetic forms of villanelle, sestina, ghazal, sonnet, and pantoum. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
A Survey of Indian Philosophy
This course strives to explain the relationship between philosophy and religion, which is similar to the relationship between science and technology in India. It illustrates that religion is a philosophy applied to everyday life and that philosophy is the theoretical aspect, whereas religion is the practical aspect of the same. This course traces the origin of the Indian philosophy and religion, and tries to determine the various ideas and sects formed, established, merged, and assimilated. It looks into the roles of philosophy and religion that have been and continue to be very dynamic. The course ends by focusing on the different streams of thought that took shape in India and answers the following questions: Who am ‘I’? What is the ‘world’? What is my relationship with the world? What is involved in having a meaningful existence and what do I do? Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
The course is designed especially for SIP students with the goal of introducing them to Indian classical dance at the theoretical level, and providing practical exposure to the basics of Kuchipudi dance, the classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh. Students are taught the history and development of this classical dance form and the major technical elements of Indian dance. Students learn basic steps, hand gestures, and a simple dance. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
The Making of Indian Modern Arts
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to some of the important works from the Indian subcontinent, to write in meaningful ways about visual imagery, and develop an interpretive framework that enables them to understand and appreciate the art that was produced in this region during this period. This course deals with the art that was produced in India during the 19th and 20th centuries. Dominated by, but not limited to, the history of interactions between eastern and western aesthetic values, the contours of the Indian artistic landscape were inexorably changed and enlarged during this period. From the Victorian academicism of Raja Ravi Varma to the artistic nationalism of the Bengal School, from the solitary modernism of Amrita Shergil to the shrill internationalism of the Bombay Progressives, from the marginalized outpourings of folk and tribal artists to the strident rhetorical strategies of post-colonial diasporic discourses, the artistic responses to the forces of modernity, colonialism, industrialization, and globalization have been pliant and resistant, complex and multiple. This course addresses what has sometimes been described as “the painful climb towards re-establishing a truly Indian artistic identity.” Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
An Independent Study course, in which a faculty member supervises your readings, field work, and/or research on a specific proposed topic that has been pr-approved by your university, CIEE, and SIP.
University of Hyderabad Direct Enrollment Courses
Please note that detailed course listings and syllabi for direct enrollment courses are typically not available before the start of the semester. Therefore, students should expect to be flexible regarding available course options and communicate with their home institution during course registration regarding their final course selection as necessary. However, CIEE recommends the following courses based on past student feedback: Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
Indian Writing in English
This course enlightens students to the socio-historical and cultural contexts of English and Indian writers. Apart from the usual literary and critical materials, students are required to sample a variety of English texts in circulation in Indian society. It also focuses on the education of English and opposition to its dominance in India. The course also looks at how English works with other Indian languages, and the differences between writers of English and Indian languages. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Indians in Diaspora: Communities, Cultures, Representations
This course explores the culture and identity of the Indian diaspora, including the issues of gender, motherland/hostland, and diasporic representations . Because of its appealing multiplicity in formations and Diasporic articulations, Indian Diaspora has emerged as one of the most captivating and reflective site for conceptual as well as empirical understanding of ‘Diaspora’. This course endeavors to engage the students with certain core themes and questions—histories of Indian Diaspora; the critical processes of transformation of the Diasporic communities; their negotiations for new identities (hybrid as well as hyphenated) and space in the adopted lands with a simultaneous cultivation of imaginary and real socio-cultural, economic, and political ties with homeland; ethnic and gendered narratives; and the representations and productions of Diasporic communities (literature, music, film, television, and cyberspace). Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Sociology of Gender
This course introduces the sociological study of gender, organized around theoretical perspectives, as well as definitional and analytical problems in the formation of the category of gender and its effects in society. It explores gender inequalities in various institutional contexts, and helps students gain an understanding of the women’s movement in India and the issues that have been central to it. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Department of English
Creative Writing in India
Defining and Redefining Indian Dalit Literature
American Literature and Thought
Modern British Literature and Thought
Modern Indian Thought
Indian Writing in English
Romantic Literature and Thought
Victorian Literature and Thought
Department of Political Science (courses and faculty listing)
Contemporary Political Theory
Democratic Theory and Practice
Foreign Policies of Major Powers
Government and Politics in China
Indian Political Process
Indian State and Administration
International Political Economy
International Relations II
Marxian Socialist Political Thought
Organization Theory: Public Policy Perspective
Political Parties in India
Politics of Globalization
Technology and Politics
School of Economics (course and faculty listings)
Economics of Healthcare: Theory and Policy
Evolution of Indian Economy Since Independence
Law and Economics
Micro Economic Theory
New Institutional Economics
Operations Research for Applied Economic Analysis
Political Economy of Development
Department of History (course and faculty listings)
Cultural History of Modern India
Indian National Movement
Law and Society in Colonial India
Science and Human Past
Science and Technology in Medieval India
Women in India from 18th Century
The World of Indian Ocean
Department of Sociology (course and faculty list)
Advanced Sociological Theory
Caste in Modern India
Changing Indian Family
Classical Sociological Theory
Contemporary Development Issues
Corporate Business and Society
Decentralized Governance and Development
Environment and Sustainable Development
Equality and Inequality
Foundations of Social Sciences
Indian Society I: Approaches to the Study of Indian Society
Indian Society II: Social Change in Modern India
Industrial Relations and Contemporary Capitalism
Introduction to Social Research
Introduction to Study of Society
Law, State, and Society
Marxism and Capitalism
Modernity and Modernization
Modern Sociological Theory
People, Nation, and State
Population and Society
Religion and Society
Religion, Law, and State
Roots of Social Protest
Rural and Urban Societies
Rural Society and Agrarian Change
Science, Culture, and Society
Social Theories, Modernities, and Politics of Geography
Sociology of Culture
Sociology of Development
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Health, Sickness, and Healing
Sociology of Muslim Communities
Sociology of Organizations
Technology, Culture, and Society
Department of Anthropology
Applied Anthropology and Tribal Welfare Archaeological Anthropology
Kinship and Marriage
Theories of Culture
Theories of Social Structure
Department of Philosophy
To enroll courses in this school, student must fulfill the required pre-requisites set by the department/school and pre-requisites can be known only upon arrival on-site.
Theater Arts Painting/Print-Making/Sculpture
History of Indian Art
20th Century Indian Art
School of Life Sciences
To enroll courses in this school, student must fulfill the required pre-requisites set by the department/school and pre-requisites can be known only upon arrival on-site. Animal Sciences
School of Mathematics and Computer/Information Sciences
To enroll courses in this school, student must fulfill the required pre-requisites set by the department/school and pre-requisites can be known only upon arrival on-site
Computer and Information Sciences