Similar to Gap year programs, IISAC also offers teacher and faculty-led programs in India. Under the leadership of a high school teacher or a college professor, a group of students can visit India to understand, experience and learn about India from an academic perspective for credits. Being a travel educational program, students will get opportunities to visit schools and colleges for peer interactions, for participating lectures by Indian teachers and professors, witness and participate in cultural performances. Through a specially designed travel curriculum, students will learn about Indian society, culture, history, politics, religions, biodiversity, public health, environmental and social issues. Over years, IISAC has developed several teacher and faculty-led program for western schools and colleges. The duration of the program range from 2 weeks to 5 weeks for varying credits. It includes service learning, practical training and projects which is incorporated into the travel curriculum to become critical thinkers with real life transferrable skills. Our successful programs are routinely offered to teachers and professors. Some sample descriptions on various subjects related to India are as follows:
This travel course will introduce historic and modern India through a variety of academic fields: historical, cultural, anthropological, sociological, linguistic, political, religious, philosophical, geographical, architectural, and technological. This teacher led program include exploration of concepts, doctrines and practices of Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism and their influence on Indian belief systems, family life and marriage. In addition to the cross –cultural nature of this course, emphasize will address the role of India in the changing landscape of globalization, and its impact on India’s political and social status as well as India’s foreign policy and friendship with the US.
A three week trip to a biologically unique international tropical location (Kerala, India) to study flora and fauna and ecological systems. Field experience include travel to maritime, riverine, lowlands, midlands, and highlands habitats of Kerala to give students experience in field techniques and laboratory exercises while making a connection between society and the natural world. Through an interdisciplinary approach the participating faculty drawn from six top research institutions offer lectures and field and laboratory demonstrations at various locations during the travel course.
The proposed teacher-led study program in India, titled Socio-Cultural Field Anthropology in Kerala, India with special emphasis on society, culture and gender is conceived as a four credit intensive field oriented program for three week duration. The course will be intensively ethnographic in approach with field visits exposures, non-participant observations, interactions and exchanges. The course will also employ some appropriate tools of the methodology used in the study of rural societies, namely Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Learning and Action, such as Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), Transect Walk, Historical Timeline etc.
India is the birth place of non Abrahamic religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. This travel course will give an overview of Indian religions, their origin, philosophy and practices. The students will get an opportunity to connect the religious teachings with the society and culture of India. The course addresses areas like family life, marriage, religious obligations, rituals and festivals. Students travel to selected locations to learn about religions in action like Cochin, Madurai, Banaras, Delhi, Amritsar and Dharmasala. During travel, other tourist destinations like Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Red Fort etc are also covered. At the end of this course, students will get an idea on the influence of religions on Indian life and its harmony.