Contemporary Indian Society (3 ECTS)

autumn 2018

Organizer: Department of Social Sciences, University of Tampere

Instructor: Swati Singh and Ashish Pardhi (Doctoral Candidates at School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai Campus, India; on exchange at the University of Tampere)

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the students will have a comprehensive understanding on the Indian society which deals with the topics like Gender Issues, Urbanization, Welfare Schemes in India and Social Work in India.

About the Course/ General Description: The course will unpack gender issues (gender discrimination, gender roles and responsibilities and women empowerment), urbanization (the theme will revolve around city, concept of urban is intertwined with what we understand with modernization and development, some important theories on urbanization, contemporary issues of urbanization), welfare schemes are provided to various sections of the society. As India has caste system, the welfare policies are not just for women, children, urban poor, homeless etc but it is also to protect the rights of Scheduled Caste (S.C), Schedules Tribe (S.T.) and Other Backward Classes (O.B.C). The course also deals how the social work in India has grown as a profession and are protecting, enabling and empowering the rights of the underprivileged.

Course Registration: 1st – 8th November, 2018  by e-mail to

Max 20 students in order of registration. Only students from the member universities of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies can register for this course

  • Aalto University
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • University of Tampere
  • University of Turku
  • University of Vaasa
  • Åbo Akademi University

Course period: November 8th – December 9th

Grading: On a scale of 1-5

Taken as: Lectures, reading materials, video materials, Quiz and 2 Learning Diaries with 1500 words each.


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