Contemporary South Asia

Spring 2018, Spring 2019

Family burning incense at a Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka - Ji-Elle, Wikimedia Commons

Contemporary South Asia (5 ECTS)

Organiser: Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä

Instructor: Jukka Jouhki, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä


  • February 13 – April 12, 2018.
  • Spring 2019


Learning Outcomes: The module aims to construct a holistic view of the societies and cultures of South Asia with a special focus on globalisation. Other topics include politics, religion, gender, development and urbanisation.

Structure: Lecture series (approx. 12 hrs) by different South Asia specialists combined with related literature. Special guest lecturer Prof. Ravinder Kaur, Director of the Centre of Global South Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen and Dr. Anastasia Piliavsky, Director of Studies in Social Anthropology and Human, Social and Political Sciences at Girton College, Cambridge. Other guest lecturers Dr. Minna Säävälä (Population Research Institute, Helsinki), Dr. Jyri Komulainen (University of Helsinki) and Prof. Sirpa Tenhunen (University of Jyväskylä).

Taken as: Writing assignments based on the online lecture series and related literature.

Grading: On a scale of 1–5

Application period: Application period open November 5-25, 2018.  Go to application instructions.

Photo: Ji-Elle, Wikimedia Commons