Youth, Society and Literature

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSUSFC0334

Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon 2011

Course Coordinator and Team:Vikram Singh Thakur, Bhoomika Meiling

Email of course coordinator:vikram[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: None

Aim: This course showcases the dynamics between youth and society through literary and cultural texts. The main texts of the course will focus on the social spaces that youth inhabit and the contemporary issues that they encounter while navigating those spaces. Some of the issues that are likely to be discussed while reading these texts would be: campus spaces, education, identity politics, love, friendship, relationships, communalism, religion, terrorism, substance abuse, media and technology.

Course Outcomes: By the end of the course

  1. The students will learn to critically engage with literary and cultural texts that pertain to their own immediate reality and lives, as well as the society they inhabit.
  2. They will be able to demonstrate reflective thinking by engaging with various issues that are faced by them.
  3. Multicultural understanding of varied concerns of youth around the world would enable them to comprehend various moral, ethical and political movements of the world.
  4. They will demonstrate an ability to formulate academic arguments by theorising lived experience.


Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  • Module I: Youth and relationship.
  • Module II: Youth, communalism and terrorism.
  • Module III: Youth,substance abuse and AIDS.
  • Module IV: Youth, campus and education
  • Module V: Youth, identity and politics

Module 1 deals with the dimension of relationships. Through a series of readings that belong to different genres the course aims to get the students start reflecting on the various kinds of relationships that they find themselves in.

Module 2 deals with youth, substance abuse and AIDS.

Module 3 explores Youth, communalism and terrorism.

Module 4 investigates the relationship of Youth, campus and education

Module 5 examines the interrelation of Youth, Identity and Politics

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Mid semester exam (30%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • End semester exam (30%)
  • Class participation (10%

Reading List:

  • Federico Falco, In Utah There are Mountains too
  • iJose Garcia Villa, Footnote to Youth
  • Elsa Marston, Santa Claus in Baghdad
  • iM.G. Vassanji, Leaving
  • Mark Halliday, Graded Paper
  • Miller Williams, Thinking about Bill, Dead of AIDS
  • Onir, My Brother … Nikhil
  • Anonymous, My Name is “Meth”
  • Alex Broun, 10000 Cigarettes
  • Manoj Mitta and H.S.Phoolka, “Personal Fallout”, When a Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath
  • Sadat Hasan Manto, Khol Do (Open It)
  • PUDR, Courting Disaster: A Report on Inter-Caste Marriages,

Society and State

  • Vandana Shiva, Solidarity Against All Forms of Terrorism
  • Mahesh Elkunchwar, Holi
  • Lone Scherfig, An Education
  • J. M. Coetzee, Youth
  • Agnes Smedley, “I Learn About the World” (from Daughter of Earth)
  • Anurag Kashyap, Ghulaal