SEMESTER INDIA PROGRAM
WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF KERALA

SIP CURRICULUM AND COURSES

Course Organization

All courses are taught in English. The medium of instruction in Indian universities and colleges is English. The Semester India students do not find any difficulty in carrying a regular course of study at the University of Kerala. The flexible academic model at the University of Kerala gives SIP students the best intellectual and cultural experience. The semester start and end dates parallel with the US semesters. Eventhough, the dates may slightly vary, the approximate semester dates are as follows:

Semester

Start date

End date

No. of courses

Total credits

Fall


August 15th

December 10th

5-6

15- 18

Spring


January 15th

May 10th

5-6

15- 18

Summer


June 1st

July 15

2

6

Yearlong


August 15th

May 5th

10-12

30-36

Courses are numbered from 100 to 400 levels to determine the rigor of each course enrolled at the University of Kerala. 100 level courses will be at the introductory level while 300 and 400 level courses are equivalent to junior and senior level courses at the home universities. Each regular course will carry the weightage of 3 academic credits similar to the US academic credits. Laboratory, field and practicum courses will worth 1 credit as in the US.

Courses for general education requirements are from 100 to 200 levels while courses for a major or minor will have 300 to 400 numbers. 500 level courses are offered for independent study through directed readings or research.

Grading policy varies from course to course and often includes in-class examinations, term papers, seminar presentations, assignments and quizzes. Students are graded on a 1-4 scale which is converted into letter grades of A, B, C, D & E. Transcripts will be issued within a month after the final examination with appropriate GPA and letter grades for easy credit transfer to home university.

IISAC provides an ‘Academic Flexibility Model’ (AFM) to maximize your academic interests at the University of Kerala. This flexibility model allows you to choose five courses from Indian core courses to departmental courses to satisfy your liberal arts (general education) requirements as well as courses for your majors or minors. As a semester India student, you can register for a maximum of five courses for15 academic credits. Each course weighs 3 credits similar to the US system and since the University of Kerala operates under a choice-based credit system, transferring semester credits to your home university is easy. You will be graded on a 4.0 scale with GPA calculated as in the US.

IISAC offers flexibility to its students in determining their studies, and has broken down the course options into three categories: Core Courses, Departmental Courses, and Independent Courses.

Core Courses

Core Courses will provide a framework to understand the economic, political, social and cultural complexities of India and South Asia. Courses cover five subject areas with an emphasis on India: Indian Studies, Literature, Religion, Philosophy, Culture, Yoga, Languages and Tropical biodiversity.

Departmental Courses

Departmental Courses are University-wide courses, which can satisfy both your major or minor degree requirements and personal academic interests. Kerala University has more than 50 subject departments offering introductory, advanced and specialized subject related courses.

Independent Courses

Independent courses are intended for you to design your own course to explore a particular topic in depth. A professor whose academic interests are aligned with yours will work with you. Individualized courses allow you to break away from the group and personalize your study abroad experience.

Course selection Process

IISAC recommends that you take a combination of Core, Departmental and Independent courses for 15 credits per semester. Depending on the scope of your academic orientations, the combination of courses can range from 2-3 core courses, 1-2 Departmental courses and/or 1 independent course, totaling 5 courses. Please consult the IISAC official by e-mail or phone for further clarification and guidance. While students have complete liberty to choose their curriculum, all students must take a minimum of two Core Courses (6 credits), and may not exceed 15 credits in their entire course schedule.

The academics of the University of Kerala are on par with many institutions in the United States, easily. I think that what makes the learning such a great experience is that the professors genuinely care about the subject that they are teaching, and are just as knowledgeable and interested in studying it as any instructor would be back home. They also offer a unique perspective on many different topics, looking at issues, and subjects of debate from diverse perspectives of culture and tradition that vastly differ from those of the professors in the United States. They can offer insights through the eyes of their religion and society that simply aren't present anywhere else in the world, and that makes the learning unique, exciting, and very helpful in just about any department of study that a student might choose to be a part of I genuinely loved my classes and the skills I learned there because of these differences in attitude and ideas on life.

David Cogswell

SIP CORE COURSES

CORE COURSES FOR INDIA SEMESTER PROGRAM

These courses will provide a framework to understand the economic, political, social and cultural complexities of India and South Asia. Courses cover five subject areas with an emphasis on India: Indian Studies, Literature, Religion, Philosophy, Culture, Languages and Tropical Biodiversity.

Core on Area Studies

1. SIP SOC 400 - Introduction to Kerala Studies (3 Cr)
2. SIP ENG 403 – Idea of India Through Literature & Films (3 Cr)
3. SIP PHI 422- Hinduism and its practices (3Cr)
4. SIP MAL 201- Basic Malayalam (Language of Kerala) 3 Cr
5. SIP PHIL 201 - Art of living in India (Audit)

Tropical Biology Core Courses

6. SIP BOT 350 – Introduction to Tropical Agriculture (3 Cr)
7. SIP BOT 351 – Practical and Field Agriculture (2 Cr)
8. SIP BOT 360- Tropical Plant Diversity and Taxonomy (with lab - 4 Cr)
9. SIP ENV380 – Human Ecology (3 cr)
10. SIP ZOO 442- Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (with lab - 4 Cr)
11. SIP ZOO 472- Tropical Entomology (with lab - 4 Cr)
12. SIP AQU 462- Marine Life in India (with lab - 4 Cr)
13. SIP BOT 463- Economic Botany of the Tropics (with lab- 4 Cr)
14. SIP ENV 385- Environmental Health and Diseases in the Tropics (3 Cr)
15. SIP ZOO 375- Genetics, Gender and Ethics (3 Cr)

Social Science, Politics and Humanities Core Courses

16. SIP SOC 413 - Gender and Society in India (3 Cr)
17. SIP SOC450 – Intercultural Seminar (3 Cr)
18. SIP SOC 381 – Social Issues of India (3 Cr)
19. SIP PSY 460 – Introduction to Psychopathology (3 Cr)
20. SIP PSY 461 – Cross Cultural Psychology (3 cr)
21. SIP ENG 380- Green literature (3 cr)
22. SIP ENG 409- Feminism in India (3 Cr)
23. SIP PHI 421- Vedanta Philosophy (3 Cr)
24. SIP PHI 202- Christianity and India, 2000 years of faith(3 Cr)
25. SIP PHI 370 – Gandhian thoughts and philosophy (3 cr)
26. SIP ISL 411- Introduction to Indian Islamic Studies (3 Cr)
27. SIP HIS 431- India through ages (3 Cr)
28. SIP POL 405- India’s Foreign Policy (3 Cr)
29. SIP POL 406 – Indo-US relations(3 Cr)
30. SIP ECO 452- India’s Political Economy(3 Cr)
31. SIP ECO 371 – Kerala Model of Development (3 cr)


Languages Core Courses

32. SIP ARB 203 – Spoken Arabic(3 Cr)
33. SIP HIN 204 – Basic Hindi(3 Cr)
34. SIP SAN 205 – Invitation to Functional Sanskrit(3 Cr)
35. SIP FRNC 206- Invitation to Spoken French


Cultural practical Core Courses - (Variable credits)

36. SIP 150 - South Indian Classical Dance
37. SIP 151 - South Indian Classical Music
38. SIP 152 – Practical Yoga and Meditation
39. SIP 153 – Practical Musical Instruments
40. SIP 154 – Basics in South Indian Cooking
41. SIP 155 – Agriculture, Food and Festivals of Kerala


Contact Prof. Sunny Luke for course descriptions and syllabus:
sunny.luke@semesterinindia.org

Departmental Courses

Departmental Courses are university-wide subject courses which can satisfy both your degree requirements and personal academic interests through Kerala University’s numerous schools and academic centers. As course offerings in each department vary from year to year, students are advised to consult the course directory found in the application package for an updated list of available courses. More than 500 courses are available in each semester.

Please Go To The Link On Course Directory For All Departmental Courses At University Of Kerala In This Website

Contact Prof. Sunny Luke for course descriptions and syllabus:sunny.luke@semesterinindia.org

Focus-Based Semester Programs

IISAC has the facilities to arrange a variety of focus-based semester programs. Whether students would like to fulfill French or Pre-med degree requirements, do full time research in language, performing arts, architecture, or environmental studies, IISAC can arrange a special course design, which allows students to specialize their studies. Currently the following focus-based semester programs exist at the University for a Specialized Study.

Contact IISAC for specific information.

Independent Courses

Independent Courses are intended for you to design your own course to explore a particular topic in depth. A qualified professor will be appointed to teach a customized course. This allows you to break away from the group and personalize your study abroad experience and make it exactly what you want.

There are five different types of study options for Independent Courses:

Direct reading is similar to a regular class yet suited for your interests and academic pursuits. Generally, you and the professor will meet three times a week for an hour each time.

Directed research is lab or skill based assignments for developing in-depth practical knowledge in the field of science, business, engineering, etc.

Practicum develops specific skills in Indian performing arts, yoga, spiritualism, as well as language practice using the language department and the many resources available to students.

Fieldwork is for students interested in Indian architecture, geography, tropical plants and animals, anthropology, as well as other special interest areas. This is a hands-on experience and benefits students who prefer this method of learning.

Internship is offered with an outside expert or institution supervised by a member of the Kerala faculty.

Students are advised to consult with Prof. Sunny Luke of IISAC for developing Focus based semester program or Independent Courses prior to departure for University of Kerala. Contact Prof. Sunny Luke at sunny.luke@semesterinindia.org

Course selection Process

IISAC recommends that you take a combination of Core, Elective and Individualized courses for 15 credits per semester. Depending on the scope of your academic orientations, the combination of courses can range from 2-3 core courses, 1-2 elective courses and/or 1-2 individualized courses, totaling 5 courses. Please consult the IISAC official by e-mail or phone for further clarification and guidance.