Mandatory Pre-Departure Course at Cornell
All students who are going to India through the ILR India SVYM Global Service Learning (GSL) Program are required to complete an ILR pre-departure course, a two-credit graded course designed to prepare students for their field experiences in India. This course will cover important topics including preparation for life abroad, appreciating cultural diversity, health and safety, gender issues, politics and issues surrounding development work.
Details about the course will be shared with students who are selected into the GSL program. Students will not be able to pre-enroll and should bring add/drop forms to the first class. Please note, ILR students will not be able to pre-enroll and should bring add/drop forms to the first class.
The course will be held on Wednesdays, 2:55-4:30pm, during the spring semester.
Courses in India at SVYM
Students will take two-weeks of courses at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) an arm of SVYM in Mysore. Courses are lecture-based, and taught by local professors or experts in their respective fields. All students will take four courses:
- Indian Civilization and Culture
- Gender Relations in India
- Indian Labor History and Current Workforce (for ILR students) or the Indian Health Care System (for GH students)
- Kannada Language (the official language of Karnataka State)
Some classes will include field visits, such as a tour of a local factory, an excursion to a government primary healthcare facility, or a visit to a local women’s shelter. Optional yoga classes will be offered every morning.
On weekends, local outings and sightseeing excursions in Mysore and the surrounding area will be offered. Previous excursions included Chamundi Hills, Mysore Palace, Sravanabelagola (a Jain holy site), the Tibetan Golden Temple, and ancient Hindu temples.
Here is a sample of some of the classes offered at SVYM in the past.
Culture & Civilization
Ramayana & Mahabharatha
Caste in Indian Society
Tribes in India
Rituals & Festivals
Gender in India
Family & Marriage
Religion & Gender
Women & Work
Gender Issues in Healthcare
Labor Relations and Economics
HR Practices in NGOs
Legislation on Working Conditions & Social Security
Work & Disability
Current Labor Issues
Panel on Dispute Resolution
Legislation & Wages
National Health Programs & State-Driven Approaches
Food & Nutrition Security
Ethics & Medical Research
Health & Development
Healthcare in Resource-Limited Settings
HIV/AIDS in India