Aims of the Programme
The programme aims to provide students with a grounding in Bhutanese and Himalayan studies by imparting knowledge on Bhutanese culture, tradition, heritage, history, religion and language in the context of Himalayan studies. The programme also covers the study of specific historical developments, cultural norms, and the socioeconomic and geographic contexts that shape perceptions and practices in the Himalayan regions of Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and Arunachal Pradesh.
In addition, the programme will introduce students to the concept of Gross National Happiness in the context of Bhutanese and Himalayan studies. Through this programme, students will develop research skills and bilingual competency in Dzongkha and English.
Objectives of the Programme
On completion of a three year BA in Bhutan and Himalayan Studies, graduates will be able to:
- Exhibit a broad understanding of key terms, debates and theories related to cultures, societies, languages, religions and histories of the Himalayan territories of Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.
- Describe the evolutionary and historical processes that have shaped the biological, behavioural and cultural diversity of Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.
- Compare the diverse cultural and traditional practices, and beliefs found within Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.
- Analyse the impact of cultural change and geopolitical situations within Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and Arunachal Pradesh
- Analyse the impact of major historical events in the world and the region on the socio-economic and political developments of the Himalayan region.
- Analyse a range of historical and contemporary issues in Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh.
- Describe the historical and political developments of Bhutan and the Himalayan region.
- Evaluate the importance of historical figures of Bhutan and their contributions to nation building.
- Gain an understanding of GNH as a development paradigm and make comparisons with other approaches.
- Evaluate the application of GNH to development policies and plans of Bhutan as well as its impact outside Bhutan.
- Undertake critical and constructive analysis of texts, artifacts, spaces, events, debates, policies and ways of being in the context of Bhutanese and Himalayan studies.
- Display basic skills of curating and presenting visual and spatial research.
- Apply basic research skills to conduct small scale research projects.
- Critically analyze and synthesize information relevant to the area of study.
- Communicate effectively in both spoken and written forms in Dzongkha and English
- Appreciate the uniqueness of Bhutanese values, culture and tradition.
- Display a sense of respect for indigenous knowledge and practices in Bhutan and the wider Himalayan region.
- Analyze the historical relations among Bhutan, India and China
- Exhibit a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the Himalayas
- Apply knowledge of GNH to understand socio-economic development of the Himalayas
- Analyze contemporary debates related to socio-political situations in the Himalayas
- Question assumptions and make a stand through reasoned arguments
- Conduct a substantial research project independently
- Critically reflect on their own learning process
- Appreciate the uniqueness of Bhutanese culture and tradition.
Module Code and Name
Introduction to the Himalayas
BTN101 Cultural Heritage of Bhutan
RES101་ Basic Research Methods
Political History of Bhutan
Grammar, Vocabulary, and Phonology in Context
Introduction to Hinduism
HST202 Basic Methodology of Writing History
REL202 Introduction to Buddhism
MUS201 Museum Studies
ENG202 Critical Reading
Introduction to Archaeology
Religious History of Bhutan
History of India ; from 1885-1964 A.D.
The Study of Rituals, Art and Texts
Political History of the Himalayas
Bhutan and its International Relations
Introduction to GNH
Socio-economic History of Bhutan
HST305 Modern World History
ANT 301 Family and Kinship in the Himalayan Region
BTN407 Advanced Study of GNH
The Triangular Relations: Bhutan, China and India
Himalayan Cultural Ecology
RES402 Research Proposal Writing
RES403 Undergraduate Research Project