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  • Locations: Agra, India; Chennai, India; Delhi, India; Khajuraho, India; Madurai, India; Varanasi, India
  • Program Terms: January
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  • Program Sponsor: UMAIE 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:

A genuine interest in cultural and religious diversity in India is required but there are no academic prerequisites for this course. Since this course requires frequent walks of up to several miles over rough terrain a reasonably good physical condition is helpful.
Required Readings

Trautmann, Thomas R. India: Brief History of a Civilization. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Clothey, Fred. Religion in India: A Historical Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2007.
The Bhagavad-Gita. trans. Juan Mascaró. London: Penguin Classic, 2003.

Recommended readings:
Lopez, Donald S. ed. Religions of India in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.
Luce, Edward. In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India. London: Abacus Press, 2007.
Mahabharata. trans. R. K. Narayan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.
Ramayana. trans. R. K. Narayan. London: Penguin Classic, 2006.

15% - Attendance: Students are required to attend all course activities (e.g., lectures, group discussions, cultural events, common meals, and site visits) unless they are indicated as optional.
15% - Participation: Students are required to engage each other and the course activities constructively.
20% - Readings: Evidence of readings will appear in and be evaluated through the students’ journals and the final papers. While in India, students will also read one of the several English language Indian daily newspapers evidence of which will appear in their journals and final papers
30% - Journal: Students will keep an academic journal through which they will reflect critically on their experiences, observations, readings, and group discussions. The professor will review journals regularly, at least once a week. 
20% - Comprehensive Response Paper: Students will write a final paper that requires a synthesis of their experiences, readings, and judgments into a coherent response to the religions and peoples of India.
Faculty Director(s)

Mladen Turk, Elmhurst College (630) 617-3782, email:  
Description of Faculty Director(s)

Turk Dr. Turk’s area of specialization is religion and science with special focus on scientific theories of religion and methodology of the study of religion, but teaches broadly in the areas of history of Christianity in 19th and 20th century and religious traditions of South Asia. Dr. Turk studied philosophy, ethnology, Indology and theology in Zagreb, Croatia; philosophy of religion at University of Bergen, Norway; and religious studies at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His recent publications include a book Being Religious: Cognitive and Evolutionary Theories in Historical Perspective 
  Second Faculty Director TBD
Application Procedures & Deadline
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Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact: Prof. Mladen Turk
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office. 


Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.