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Are you keen to study abroad but don’t want to go for a full semester?

Short term study abroad and exchange programs offer the perfect opportunity to make the most of your time off between semesters, see the world, and experience studying at one of our partner universities overseas – all while earning credit back towards your degree.

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Program Highlight: Study Abroad at St Xavier's College, Mumbai

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is offering students a unique opportunity to study a custom-made program at St Xavier's College, Mumbai.

Spend 6 weeks over the January-February summer break studying a range of courses on India Past and Present: Art, History & Culture of India. Enjoy a truly immersive experience participating in classes and field trips to enhance your studies.

Dates: 15 January to 23 February 2018 (6 weeks)
Credit: 12 credit points of 2000-level Asian Studies OR unspecified Arts credit, awarded upon completion of all 6 sub-courses.
Cost: TBC
Funding: 30 New Colombo Plan (NCP) grants valued at AU$3000 per student. In addition to the eligibility requirements listed below, in order to be eligible for an NCP grant, you must:
- be an Australian citizen. Students cannot receive a Student Grant to undertake a Mobility Project in a Host Location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights;
- not receive more than one short-term and one Semester grant (with or without an internship) during their Australian course of study.
Eligible students can also apply for an OS-HELP loan.

Eligibility requirements:
- You must have completed at least 48 credit points upon departure for the program;
- You must be currently enrolled in a FASS Bachelor degree;
- You must have sufficient room in your degree to receive credit for the program;
- You must submit a statement of motivation which outlines your reason for applying, and how the program aligns with your studies and future goals (maximum 300 words).

Selection criteria: Candidates will be selected based on academic merit and the statement of motivation.

Submit your application from your university email address to Gillian Wu at .


Note: Minimum numbers will be required in order for the program to run.

India Past and Present: Art, History & Culture of India: Course Description




History of India 1200-1707: Bridging Time

Most introductory courses on Indian History take a chronological overview starting with the earliest period that lasts till around the turn of the millennium in the Current Era (CE). This course trains the lens on one of the most politically and culturally important phases of Indian history. Our overseas visitors will have an understanding of the “bridge period” of Indian history that spans  India’s ancient past and its continuity into the colonial age.

Replete with sources literary, archeological and cultural, a study of the era brings into focus the diversity that the foundations of India are built upon. The course includes lectures from experts and most importantly field and museum visits to broaden the understanding of Indian history and the complex reality that is India. Students will be introduced to primary source material (translated into English) archeological surveys etc. and expected to interpret them in their politico-historic context.

A review and exploration of the Ancient Indian Culture and Archaeology of the Indian Subcontinent  from 4,500 BC to 12 A.D.

The Indian subcontinent has an Ancient Living Culture that very strongly resonates with our day to day life today. There is a definite continuity of culture and this is very explicitly evident through the Archaeological and Literary sources. The thought process that has always celebrated multiculturalism and holistic ideology has its genesis from the deep analytical metaphysical outlook. 

Polyphony: Voices In Indian Literature And Film

The literature of any nation is essentially polyphonic, revealing a wide assortment of stories in a multiplicity of voices. India, in many ways, appears like a veritable Tower of Babel where different languages, ideologies and cultures clang. Essentially this is a clash between the power structures of tradition and modernity.

Rural Society In India: From “VILLAGE Republics” To Agrarian  Crisis 

Rural development is central to Indian development planning and objectives. Rural development literature from around the world focuses on agricultural growth, agrarian relations and social backwardness. The aim of the course is to familiarize the students with the dynamics of political, economic and social change in rural India. The first lecture will introduce students to various approaches to study agriculture and rural transformation including Marxist, populist, neo-populist and neo-classical schools of thought. The second lecture will introduce the students to the problems of rural India from a historical perspective. This lecture will discuss the legacy of pre-colonial and colonial interventions in rural society and economy. The third lecture will familiarize students with various phases of development of agriculture and rural development in post-independence period. This lecture will focus on successive five-year plans, green revolution, and post-liberalisation changes in rural development strategies. The final lecture will take stock of the last two centuries of policy interventions in the village society. The lecture will make some international comparisons and acquaint the students with key reasons why government programmes have not been as effective in achieving their goals and explore what can spur growth and development in the rural sector.  An additional lecture will discuss Welcome to Sajjanpur, an acclaimed Hindi movie by Shyam Benegal.

Universal Meditation

Universal Meditation will include prayers for peace from various faiths and indigenous traditions. After meditating on the role of the human in the 15 billion year universe story the participants will be helped to get in touch with their thoughts, sensations, feelings, memories etc. through various ancient and modern techniques from east and west using the breath, sound, art, movement, stillness etc. As a result the participants will become aware of their intimate interconnection with self, the other, creation and God. Experiencing the gift of the present moment will lead to refreshing relaxation and profound peace. The participants are thus energised to become agents of peace in a globalised world of increasing stress and violence. 

            “Both education and religion need to ground themselves within the story of the universe as we now understand this story through empirical knowledge… The ancient human-Earth relationship must be recovered in a new context, in its mystical as well as in its physical functioning. There is need for awareness that the mountains and rivers and all living things, the sky and its sun and moon and clouds all constitute a healing, sustaining sacred presence for humans which they need as much for their psychic integrity as for their physical nourishment. This presence whether experienced as Allah, as Atman, as Sunyata, or as the Buddha-nature or as Bodhisattva; whether as Tao or as the One or as the Divine Feminine, is the atmosphere in which humans breathe deepest and without which they eventually suffocate.”  Thomas Berry.

Media and Politics in India

The media ownership model has influenced the functioning of the media and its agenda in India. The effect of cultural colonization is apparent in the consumer market that Hollywood films find in India. The Disneyfication of the school child, the Disney inspired theme parks and Indian cartoon stories have propelled the consumer rise in consumption of goods with these cartoon themes.

Bollywood follows the Oscar inspired awards-oriented themes to promote films. The storyline is heavily based on NRIs and foreign locales sponsored by tourism development boards of those countries.

The social media, digital media have found their best users in the Political parties furthering their agendas. The demonetization, the Aadhar card (UID for every citizen of this country), Mega projects, war mongering have all been successful campaigns by the ruling political outfits achieved through these free media.

We look at the media theories and cultural theories to decipher how such mass manufacturing of consent has been achieved for development deriding policies and how does the educated class of this country challenge the status quo by achieving success through grass root work.