Summer Session @Ashoka :

Ashoka offers an intensive six-week study program held during the summer. A range of 4 credit courses are offered across disciplines. Enrolling for the summer session provides an opportunity for Ashoka students to take courses that helps to gain additional credits, accelerate in their academic pathway or simply explore other areas of interest. In order to maximize the benefit of the summer term all students are encouraged to seek academic advising before opting for courses. The summer term also provides opportunity to study with students from partner institutions of Ashoka thus giving them an experience in global learning.

Summer Semester 2017: July 3rd to August 11th


FC-003 – Indian Civilizations
Faculty: Prof. Gopalkrishan Gandhi

Course Description: The course will contrast the philosophical and the political thought with the priest-ordained commandments in India, examining the non-religious imaginations of Sarmad and the Sufis as also the Asokan Edicts, Buddhist-Brahmana contestations, Nyaya, Vaiseshika, Sankhya, Sangam age secular instructions in Tamil. It will also compare the Yatric India with the India of Visitors through the ages, studying the journeys of ancient travelers such as Fahein to the current Dalai Lama. A study of imprisonings from early times including that of a  serving emperor jailed- Shah Jehan, to our own Tihar times would reflect the way we are evolving or not evolving as a people that believe in the rule of law and civilitas.

FC-005 – Literature and the World
Faculty – Prof. Saikat Majumdar

Course Description: What exactly is the relationship between the stories we tell and the world?  Stories not only provide an important resource for imagining the world.  As stories migrate across borders of space, time, and language, the world in turn re-imagines them through a variety of genres and media – plays, poems, essays, graphic novels, films.  These re-imaginings prove that in literature there is often nothing original under the sun.  Yet they also tell us a lot about the diverse ways in which different cultures have understood men and women, foreigners, political power, the physical world, knowledge, love, and the nature of imagination itself. This course will follow this rich exchange across texts that have signified differently at different points and in different places.

FC-009 – Trends in History
Faculty: TBA

Course Description: Trends in History is an invitation to a journey into the human past over several centuries. At the heart of this journey lies the question – what is history? This course challenges the notion that history is simply a collection of dates, facts, and events, or a story of emperors, kings and great men or a linear tale of human evolution. It introduces the students to a novel way of thinking about history. Studying history involves imagining lives, selves, ideas, emotions and actions of people who are not only not us, but are very different from us, because they are a product of a different time, place and context. This course seeks to initiate the students to the art of historical thinking where they acquire and cultivate – empathy and imagination – the core values that empower us to imagine different lives and different worlds.

This is course will encourage students to engage with diverse readings to unpack complicated ideas about power, culture, colonialism, and the creation of modern markets to understand the human quest to control space and nature, of the technologies that revolutionized human existence, the revolutions that fueled desire for freedom, of the movement of capital and labour as well as more intimate histories of families, domesticity and romantic love through the ages.


Eligibility: The summer semester is open to Ashoka Students and students from Ashoka partner institutions.

Classes will be held from Monday to Thursday; each class will run for 2 hours starting from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Schedule: To be announced soon


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