Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Culture in Making

 Brief Overview 

In this course we will explore intersections between Culture and Power and develop interdisciplinary approaches to analyse them in the post-colonial India. We will focus on cultural practices ranging from cinema and literature to paintings, drama and sculptures to engage with “cultural politics” in post independence India.

At a more specific level, we will think of culture as: 1) a whole way of life, and 2) a site of struggle over meaning, representation and identities. We will view cultural practices through the prism of ideas of nation, class, gender and sexuality, caste, communalism and secularism, and globalization in a society like ours.

The course will introduce students to the history of Cultural Studies, a range of cultural practices and movements in the post-independence India and their historical socio-political determinants, approaches and concepts in structuralist, post-structuralist, Marxist, Post-Colonial, Feminist theories of culture.

 Course Objectives 

  • The students will be encouraged to question established ways of understanding artistic and cultural practices. The emphasis will be on inculcating new and better informed approaches and theoretical frameworks in the students that can be employed and pursued in professional careers as artists, filmmakers, cultural activists and / or academicians
  • The students will learn to closely engage with, interpret and respond to select and definitive theoretical texts and form interdisciplinary perspectives dealing with culture and art, nation, family, gender, caste, and globalization etc.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate and analyse the multifarious nature of cultural practices in India.
  • They will be equipped with a methodological toolkit to write research papers about cultural practices and theoretical outlooks.
  • They will be able to employ frameworks developed in classrooms in their work as cultural practitioners of any kind.

 Teaching Methodology 

  • Interactive and discussion oriented classes.
  • Use of texts, audio visual material,
  • Application based classes: Responses to articles and cultural practices using concepts and ideas discussed and learnt in the classes.
  • Writing research papers and giving class presentations.