The focus of the course is to understand the ways in which Mumbai has been part of historical and contemporary global economic, cultural, and political processes and the ways in which these processes are gendered and impact the daily lives of women and men in Mumbai. From call center workers to IT professionals, from new malls and changing patterns of consumption to Bollywood films, and movements for housing rights and rights to the city, we will study how actors in Mumbai are both influenced by and in turn shape these global processes.
This program is geared towards students in Sociology, India Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies as well as in interdisciplinary programs focusing on globalization, urban studies, WGSS and human rights.
Students will receive 3 credits for Soc. 3933/AASI 3933. Course requirements include: (1) Daily Journal entries (30% course grade). Students will analyze how the site visits confirm, contradict, or challenge the issues of globalizations that are the focus of our readings and discussion. (2) Field Research Paper (50% of course grade). Each student will write a research paper on one of the sites we visit. This paper will be based on your participation and observation in that site, interviews with people who work there, and analysis of texts produced by or about that site. You will also make an oral presentation of your work to the group and to campus when you return. (3) Participation (20% of course grade). Students will be required to participate in all activities of the course. Additionally, your participation grade will be based on: One blog entry on our course blog site and leading one discussion.
Located on the west coast, Mumbai is the financial and cultural capital of India as well as its largest city with a population of over 14 million. Nearly half of its population live in “shanty” towns or “slums,” which are the hub of home-based manufacturing and enterprise and also home to public and private sector workers. During our time there we will visit call centers, home based manufacturing for global markets in “slums,” fashion street, street vendors and new malls, see films and attend cultural programs, as well visit social movements working around land rights, against eviction, and for women’s rights.
We will be housed in dormitories in central Mumbai.
Please note that financial aid, other than certain scholarships, cannot be applied to the cost of this program. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet.
- Location: Mumbai, India
- Terms: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Class status:||2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year||Academic area:||Economics, Humanities|
|Language of instruction:||English||Prior language study required:|
|Open to non-UConn students:||Yes||Required GPA:||2.5|