Indian Culture II

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course means first of all to
- develop a solid and consolidated knowledge, both diachronic and synchronous, and a deep understanding of different aspects of Indian culture, traditions and habits;
- develop the understanding of the main features of the different, religious and social, communities Indian society is made of and divided in, also in order to learn how to properly and effectively interact with Indian people depending on their social and cultural profile;
- develop the ability to relate and interact properly with Indian people living both in India and abroad using different linguistic registers and communicative skills depending on the social and cultural features of the community the Indian speaker belong to;
- develop different ways of relating to people based on their social identity;
- develop the understanding of the social, political and cultural relationships among the different communities living in India;
- train the students to understand and decipher the Indian point of view on a number of subjects ruling everyday social life;
- train the students to detect the problems and the difficulties Indian people living abroad do usually experience. The course also is supposed to give the students the instruments both to understand the social and cultural experiences Indian immigrants have to go through in order to integrate into the new social and cultural scenario and to detect the main problems they usually face depending on their social and economic status and on their religious identity;
- the course is also supposed to develop the students's ability to explain to someone who is not aware of any features of Indian culture, society and traditions its main aspects and contents. The students at the end of the course should be aware of the cultural and historical meaning of Indian demeanors, behaviors, and automatic physical and mental patterns. They should also be able to increase their knowledge of Indian culture autonomously, orienting themmselves in the vast array of available studies and researches on Indian culture.
Expected learning outcomes
After attending the course, students should be able to recognize the main theoretical positions emerging in the contemporary debate on the historiographical and anthropological representation of the development of Indian society. The course is also supposed to promote students' ability to critically deal with methodological problems and to use appropriate scientific terminology. Students are expected to become familiar with academic and specialist literature and the course means to promote students' autonomy in studying topics related to Indian culture.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course means first of all to introduce the students to Indian geography and its influence on Indian history. After having outlined a concise but thorough summary of Indian history with a special focus on the period between 1858 and the Nineties of the last century, the course will deal with the contemporary Indian presence in Italy. A specific attention will be paid to the Sikh immigration in Italy and to its peculiarities. While analysing Indian presence in Italy, some practical circumstances and potential problems related to the differences between Italian family law and Indian family law will be taken into consideration.
Prerequisites for admission
No previous knowledge of Indian history and Indian culture is required.
Teaching methods
Classroom-taught lessons, practical exercises and role-play.
Teaching Resources
M. Torri, Storia dell'India, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2000. (The chapters to pay special attention to will be indicated at the beginning of the course. The non-attending students are kindly required to write an e-mail to professor Angelillo in order to know which chapters should be studied more carefully and extensively).
One of the following books:
1. W. Dalrymple, Nella terra dei Moghul bianchi. Amore, tradimento e morte nell'India coloniale, Rizzoli, 2002;
2. W. Dalrymple, L'assedio di Delhi. 1857. Lo scontro finale fra l'ultima dinastia Moghul e l'impero britannico, Rizzoli, 2007;
3. S. Tharoor, Inglorious Empire. What the British Did to India, Penguin Books, 2016;
One of the following books:
1. R. Dasgupta, Delhi, Feltrineli, 2015;
2. J. Drèze-A. Sen, Una gloria incerta. L'India e le sue contraddizioni, Mondadori, 2017;
3. A. Armellini, L'elefante ha messo le ali, Ube Paperback, 2013.
D. Denti-M. Ferrari-F. Perocco, I Sikh. Storia e immigrazione, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2005.
D. Francavilla, Il diritto nell'India contemporanea, Giapichelli, 2010.
M. Seghesio, Hindu Cose I. Legge, consuetudine, e tradizione nel diritto matrimoniale indù, Libellula Edizioni, Tricase, 2016.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is oral and it means to verify the acquisition of both theoretical knowledge and skills in discussing and presenting effectively and properly the subjects the course revolves around. Grading, besides student's preparation, will also take into account her/his ability of analysis and synthesis, clarity in exposition, use of an appropriate terminology. An organic vision of the topics discussed in the course, the capacity for critical analysis and the use of a precise and appropriate language will be positively evaluated. The student may write and discuss a short paper dealing with one of the subjects analysed during the course. The student who would like to write and discuss a paper instead of having an oral exam based on the course bibliography should send his/her paper (not shorter than 10.000 characters) to professor Angelillo one week before the day of the exam. Without the following formal characteristics the paper will not be taken into consideration: 1) quotations always accompanied by the bibliographic reference of the source; 2) short final bibliography written according to one of the bibliography models accepted in the academic publications.
The assessment will take into consideration the strength of the preparation, the student's ability to critically deal with methodological problems, the clarity and the ability to use appropriate scientific terminology.
Teaching Unit 1
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 2
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 3
Lessons: 20 hours