The India Tour aims to give students an in-depth understanding of India, its cultural and religious diversity, and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. Specifically, the objectives for the India Tour are:
- to examine the issues of development, environmental sustainability, and globalization within the Indian context;
- to explore India’s religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, and Christianity;
- to offer first hand experiences of Indian life, both rural and urban;
- and to highlight the benefits of work done by Indian non-governmental organizations in partnership with foreign NGO’s.
Taught by Dr. Varghese Manaloor (Economics), this course can be taken for either Religious Studies or Economics credit (AUREL 260/AUECO252 fall 11 week term, AUREL 266/AUECO 254 winter 3 week term). Students meet one evening per week during the fall 11 week term at the Augustana Faculty campus for study, team building, and cultural and logistical preparation. In the winter 3 week term, students spend 3½ weeks in India.
The Fall term Orientation course (AUREL 260/AUECO 252) satisfies one of Diversity and Global Studies or Integrating Knowledge in the Core:Engagement.
The Winter Study Tour (AUREL 266/AUECO 254) satisfies one of Diversity and Global Studies, Integrating Knowledge, or Experiential Learning in the Core:Engagement.