This programme is only offered in Danish.

The supplementary subject in South Asia studies focuses primarily on India, the largest and most important country in the region. However, you are also given the chance to study conditions in other countries in the subcontinent, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Taking a supplementary subject in South Asia studies gives you the best possible background for specialising in a highly dynamic region in combination with your main academic area and your work in and with India – one of the global economy’s most important growth centres.

Gandhi, democracy and Bollywood

This supplementary subject is an area study that provides you with insight into the history, culture and social conditions of the region. The courses deal with the history and development of India from being the biggest and most important colony in the British Empire, through the battle for independence and Gandhi’s role, to the country’s current status as the world’s largest democracy. Courses in modern social conditions provide you with an insight into how India is changing from being a poor, less developed country to being a centre for the global economy and a regional power. In the courses on culture, you are also given the chance to work with Indian popular culture, for example the country’s enormous film industry.


In South Asia studies you can work with and search for answers to a wide range of questions about India and its neighbouring countries:

  • How has India managed to develop into the new superpower that it is today, and how has British colonisation influenced the development of India?
  • Who was Gandhi, and what impact does he have today?
  • How should we understand a subcontinent that is home to two states possessing nuclear weapons who are involved in conflicts like the conflict in Kashmir?
  • Have India’s 600,000 villages benefited from the country’s economic development? Have Indian women benefited?
  • What is behind the label of ‘Bollywood’, and how is it viewed in India and the South Asian diaspora respectively?

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