Reading India

Industrial Design Studies, 12 Credits, February 2007 
Lecturer: Soumitri Varadarajan (soumitri.varadarajan@rmit.edu.au)
Contact Hours / Duration: 3 hours per week over 13 weeks. [39 hours contact]
Non-Contact / Self Directed Hours: 6 hours per week over 13 weeks [78 hours expected]
Location: Building 87 [rooms TBC, levels 4 & 5]
Time: 9.30am –12.30pm Fridays

Introduction
I applied for and got a grant to pay for a few RMIT students to spend a semester in India (@www.nid.edu), and for a dozen Indian (NID) students to spend a semester at RMIT. In this way India becomes significant and is a something and somewhere that we need to know. ‘Reading India’ is an exploration of India as a significant destination in the future for practicing designers – a place where you will look for work, where your clients will live and where you may spend a lot of time. My India is in books and in ideas and I invite you to explore a very particular India through readings and investigation.

Key Learning objectives
The course has a specific area – India – and a particular way – provocation – to go about the semester.
Content

  1. Understanding Indian society and industry

Methods

  1. Research and Paper Writing

Online Resources
http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofEnglish/imperial/india/biblio.htm
http://www.dalitnetwork.org/, http://www.tewfi.org/, http://www.theotherindia.org/

Activities
There are three things you have to do in this course: Participate in the events, Study India for its culture and the state of design, and write papers.

Indian Culture and Society
You have to choose a topic and read in that area. You also have to do research on the internet and through conversations with Indians.  You then have to write an original paper on the topic of your study. Eg: What do Indians do over the weekend? OR Seeing India through the eyes of the women who live there. 
Design and Industry in India

You have to choose a sector of design practice, say furniture design or transportation design, in India and do your research in that area. Your paper has to be written in the form of ‘state of art’, and be an informed comment on the situation.

Deliverables
Indian Culture and Society Project: 3000 word paper, Due 30th March
Design and Industry in India Project: 3000 word paper, Due 1st June

Format
All papers have to be submitted in a prescribed format.

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