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– 6 weeks


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: Is it possible to imagine a body of world literature in a single language? How did British colonialism shape a global terrain of colonial modernity? How did that modernity merge with Anglo-American globalization of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? How did this create the reality of the Anglophone world, and how did it turn English into a language of world literature? In this course we shall try to gauge richness and the complexity of English as a language of world literature. This is a diverse and diffuse body of writing, including work from spaces with vastly different histories – the colonies in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia, the settler colonies of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and the hard-to-classify contexts of Ireland and South Africa.

FC-008 – Social & Political Formations
Faculty – Prof. Malvika Maheshwari

Course Description: The course introduces students to two of the most important concepts that frame the study of social sciences: the political and the social. What does it mean to be political? What is the difference between thinking politically and doing politics? What do we mean by social and political formations? How and why do these formations emerge? Are they similar and static across time and space? If not, then what explains their variation? What are some of the ways in which these issues have been studied? Importantly, how do we begin to understand these diverse and dense set of ideas?

FC-009 – Trends in History
Faculty – Prof. Pratyay Nath

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.

PSY-362 – Psychology of Food
Faculty – Prof. Annette Taylor, University of San Diego

Course Description: Food matters in every human society. We must eat to survive yet we seldom study this fundamental human behavior. This course explores the psychological science underlying eating behaviors and the adoption of both healthy and maladaptive cognitions and behaviors concerning food and eating. We will address topics such as biological (sensory, brain, hormonal, genetic factors), psychological, and social (including marketing and cultural factors) influences on eating: taste preferences and taboos; the global obesity epidemic and its ramifications in terms of public health on a global level–how overnutrition and undernutrition both produce malnutrition in a world of fast food; food choices and how culture influences food selection; healthy eating and weight-regulation, dieting behaviors, obesity, and eating disorders.

CW-202 – Poetry: Reading, Writing, Editing
Faculty – Sumana Roy

Course Description: This is a workshop for poets, readers of poetry, and those with an interest in editing (poetry for journals and magazines). We will look at form, content and aesthetic, the classical, canonical and contemporary, and also look for ways to subvert them. We will write in each class, share and analyse our work along with our peers, read poems from across languages and cultures, learn from close reading, study sub-genres, technique and rhetorical devices, and also prepare our work for possible publication in journals and magazines. By the end of the workshop each participant can expect to have a significant number of poems that might lead to a possible collection.

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

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

Summer Semester registrations for Ashoka students to be announced soon.

Schedule: To be announced soon


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