Discerning India – Religion, Culture and Society

Centre for Intercultural Studies and Dialogue
Manipal Centre for European Studies – Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
Faculty of Liberal Arts

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Two-Week Summer School



In this program, we attempt to look at what makes India unique. We use our competencies in intercultural studies and test them in a multicultural environment. We aim to understand the intricacies and nuances of plurilingual and multicultural societies concentrating on the cultural interactions and negotiations at various levels. We look at India from the points of view of Religion, Culture and Society to truly understand the microcosm with an open perspective

Learning Outcomes

On completion, students will be able to

  • Explain the theories and concepts of metaphysics, ethics and social philosophies
  • Critically analyse philosophical standpoints on human life and its worldly affairs
  • Debate over socio-political concerns and offer philosophical resolutions
  • Appreciate diverse social values and internalise humane sensitivities

Course Contents

  • Unit 1: Culture and society ā€“ literary thoughts and narratives, social landscapes, religion and spiritualism
  • Unit 2: Ethics and Morality – commentaries on Dharma and Niti, normative and metaethical concerns – virtue of being good, teleology, deontology, feminist ethics
  • Unit 3: Metaphysics and Ontology – self and identity, mind-body debate, Jnana, Karma and Purusharthas ā€“ thought, action and pursuit


  • Interactive and intensive discussions with subject experts
  • Exposure to different schools of philosophical thought in India
  • Opportunity to learn Sanskrit (conversational and textual) and Yoga
  • Participation in traditional and cultural events
  • Visits to places of importance
Discerning India – Religion, Culture, Society – Summer School for Students of Lancaster University in August 2019

Fee Details

The Program fee would be EUR 550 per student.

Included in the Fee:

  • Accommodation at University Guest House (on a twin sharing basis) for the duration
  • Breakfast and Lunch on all working days
  • Internal Transport
  • Access to Sports and Emergency Medical Facilities

Not Included in the Fee:

  • Flight Tickets
  • Travel other than that specified in Program


Manipal Centre for European Studies – Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
Faculty of Liberal Arts, MAHE
5th floor, Advanced Research Centre (ARC), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Madhav Nagar, Manipal 576104 INDIA

office.mces@manipal.edu | +91-820-2923053 | http://coemces.manipal.edu

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