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Courses & Credits

The India: Social Entrepreneurship & Development curriculum has several components: an internship (required for all students), elective courses available for all students, and courses required for semester students depending upon which option (Pune or Jaipur) they choose for weeks 12-15.

  • Students on the semester schedule (weeks 1-15) take the internship and two courses in weeks 1-11 and one required course in weeks 12-15.
  • Students on the quarter/trimester schedule (weeks 1-11 only) take the internship and two elective courses.

Except for Hindi language study, all courses are taught in English. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.

Weeks 1 -11 (all students)

Courses in Pune

Weeks 12-15 (semester students only)

Pune option:

Jaipur option:

Course offerings are subject to change based on the number of students enrolled in each course.

Recommended credit

For semester students: Recommended credit is 16 semester credits, which includes four semester credits for each course.

For quarter/trimester students: Recommended credit is 12 semester credits, which includes four semester credits for each course.

  More information about credit distribution and grades


Development Studies Internship

Instructor: Dr. Medha Kotwal Lele
Required course for all students, 4 semester credits

Development Studies syllabus

The development studies internship offers a unique opportunity to work with a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Pune. The students will be placed in an organization that works in the area of interest expressed by the student. The students are expected to complete the work assigned by the respective organization that they are placed in.

Student will have a faculty advisor who will be the mentor for the multifold learning process during the course period. The faculty advisor will also be the guide for the reflection paper and the final presentation that the students are required to submit at the end of the component.

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Development Economics

Instructor: Ashish Kulkarni
Elective course for all students, 4 semester credits

Development Economics syllabus

India is a difficult country to analyse at the best of times, and its economy in particular perhaps even more so. A burgeoning, entrepreneurial middle class maintains increasingly tenuous links with a mostly agrarian rural populace in an era when India’s linkages to the global economy are increasing by the year. On the other hand, India continues to remain home to millions of people who barely manage to eke out a living, without sufficient access to meaningful education, basic healthcare or even the semblance of adequate infrastructure.

How will India manage the increasingly difficult task of addressing the issues of promoting growth and reducing inequality at the same time? Will addressing either one of these concerns make addressing the other difficult? And if so, will the resultant imbalances result in internal tensions? Has the path India has travelled on over the last two decades, since the liberalization of the early 1990’s, provided indicators that will help answer this question? What conundrums will the coming years throw at this rapidly growing economy, and is India well placed to solve them?

This course will frame and answer these questions and more. The approach will be comparative, drawing upon the development experiences of other countries around the world. It will draw upon the academic literature associated with this field of study as well, although the discussions will be non-technical in nature. The lectures will aim to be informative, and will be oriented towards learning by discussion. Plenty of case studies will be used, along with observable experiences drawn from life in and around Pune.

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Contemporary India

Instructor: Dr. Ashish Kulkarni
Elective course for all students, 4 semester credits

Contemporary India syllabus

The course introduces students to contemporary India — its culture and society, the current politics, political economy, and foreign relations. It deals mainly with the current happenings in India with history as a point of reference. It is desirable that the students participate actively in the classroom discussions. In a sense this is an area studies course that is introductory in nature. But the course seeks to go beyond being a descriptive one — it will provide the student some analytical tools to understand contemporary Indian scene. It seeks to equip the student with the basics that would help the student to take off for further study in an area of his/her choice or specialization. This course along with a working knowledge of local language should enable the student to make sense of the developments in the country that the student may see or read in the media.

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Hindi Language

Instructor: Dr. Sucheta Paranjpe

Weeks 1-11: Required course for semester students who move to Jaipur in weeks 12-15; elective course for all other students.
4 semester credits

Weeks 12-15: Required course for semester students who move to Jaipur in weeks 12-15; class will be taught by ACM's partner in Jaipur, AIIS.
4 semester credits

Hindi Language syllabus

Hindi is the official language of India, and is estimated to be the sixth-largest language spoken in the world. While Marathi is the primary language spoken in the city of Pune, Hindi is the ideal language to study for students who will be experiencing different regions of India.

This intensive class in Hindi language gives students a broad overview of the language, with a particular emphasis on spoken communication, to facilitate communication with host families and people within the community.

During weeks 1-11, students will also receive some instruction in Marathi language, building a basic foundation to help navigate the city of Pune. Field trips to locations such as a local vegetable market, along with guest speakers, add an experiential component to the classroom learning.

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Social Entrepreneurship: A New Paradigm in Development Studies

Instructor: Dr. Medha Kotwal Lele

Weeks 12-15: Required course for semester students in Pune in weeks 12-15.
4 semester credits

Social Entrepreneurship syllabus

India has a long history of many development initiatives taken up by the citizens of India. In the contemporary language most of these initiatives come under the broad umbrella of social entrepreneurship. This course aims to acquaint the students with diverse approaches to socio-economic development in India and the world. The course is offered as a continuation of the student’s experiences in the Development Studies Internship. It is aimed at understanding and working out the finer details of various strategies implemented for development of a chosen sector.

The course will draw upon interdisciplinary approaches to development and will discuss and analyze various case studies from India and the world. Students will also get a chance to interact with social entrepreneurs in Pune. At the end of the course students will develop a plan of intervention under the guidance of course faculty.


Credit Distribution & Grades

The course credit you receive for the India: Development Studies & Hindi Language program is determined according to policies at your college. Check with your advisor and college registrar in advance to find out how much credit you will receive and how it will be distributed, especially if you plan to use your courses in India to fulfill college or departmental requirements.

Grade reports

All students who complete an ACM off-campus study program receive a grade report which lists their courses, credits, and grades. Most colleges accept this grade report as an official academic document. If a college requires an official academic transcript, ACM can arrange to have an official transcript issued through Beloit College for a $350 processing fee. To request an official transcript, students must make a formal request through ACM at the time of acceptance.