I don’t often mix my work and my writing… but…

This is the information from the poster for my new undergraduate course ‘Exploring the Cultural Histories of India’. If you are one of my students, please consider this exciting new course as part of your degree at Ybl Miklós University, and get in contact with me to arrange an interview for next semester. Further information will soon be available on the Ybl homepage.

About the course: This course will look at the incredible diversity of cultures and civilisations which have developed over several thousand years on the Indian subcontinent, and how these differences and variations have made themselves visible through the architectural styles of different regions and through different times. Throughout the course, we will examine how factors such as environmental challenges, religion, lifestyles and industry have made India into the exciting and colourful country it is today; the world’s largest modern democracy, both hyper-modern and deeply traditional, where skyscrapers and ancient temples fight for space in overcrowded cities which have changed and grown consistently for thousands of years.

Subjects: Introduction to India, Ancient India, River Cultures, Desert Culture, Jungle Culture, Mountain Culture, Islamic Architecture and the Taj Mahal, The Architecture of the British Raj, Old Delhi/New Delhi, Slums and Mass Communal Living, The Future of India

The course is worth two credits, and is graded by a 2,000 word assignment due at the end of the semester. Please only apply for this course if you are genuinely interested in the subject and have an intermediate or higher level of English. All students must attend an interview in order to apply for a place.

Lecturer: Mr. Benjamin Norris

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About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

One response to “I don’t often mix my work and my writing… but…

  • William Lawson

    That’s a big piece of history to chew, but sounds absolutely fascinating!

    Have you considered an online version of the course (i.e., an audio and/or video presentation of each session, with slides, links, questions, answers)? Maybe look at a few TED presentations to fire your imagination in that regard. I think you might be surprised at the response you’d get!

    Just a thought…

    (And if you do it, I’ll be the first to sign up!)

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