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Hindi in Practice


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Hindi 1 Beginners and Hindi 2 Pre-Intermediate. If students have not yet passed Hindi 3 Intermediate, they are expected to follow that course alongside the Hindi in Practice course.


Hindi in Practice course aims to enable students to critically apply the linguistic and cultural skills acquired in earlier language acquisition courses in understanding various socio-political issues related mainly to India and and partly in relation to other countries in south Asia. Some of the major themes covered in this course are:

  • Environment : Pollution; Natural calamities; Water shortage, Afforestation, Human-wildlife conflict etc.

  • Society: Children in Hindi world; Dalits and Caste System; ‘Human trafficking’; LGBTIQ+ communities, Women’s issues, Aurat March in Pakistan; Farmers’ protest, Partition & displacement, COVID-19 Pandemic and its relationship with language, religion, Urban vs rural societies etc.

  • Governance: Public welfare schemes such as MGNREGA, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana; Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana; Right to Information, Right to Education, Swachha Bharat mission, Smart cities, , COVID-19 pandemic management, farmers bill etc.

  • Economy: Economic boom in Bangladesh; Unemployment; Inflation; taxes, Demonitization, Dairy Cooperative movement in India; Migrant workers e.g. clothing industry; Sri Lankan Economic crisis etc.

This course introduces students to some authentic textual and audio-visual materials using a thematic approach. It aims to equip students with the skills to search, retrieve and use authentic Hindi language materials for research purposes. In this course students will also familiarize with range of unique digital humanities tools for text mining, text analysis, annotation, data visualization, archiving, mapping, and using data from social media for research.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to locate written and spoken Hindi materials that can serve as data or reference for a (research) project in International Studies.

Students will analyse spoken and written Hindi texts of appropriate level. They will be able to translate, summarise, paraphrase, and evaluate these texts in English.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Seminars are held every week. Attending all seminar sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your lecturer in advance. Being absent at more than two of the sessions will result in a lowering of your participation grade (20% of the end grade) with 0,5 point for each session missed after the first three sessions. Please note that being absent at any session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the lecturer.

Assessment method


  • Assignments

  • Midterm Project (online submission)

  • Final Project (online submission)


Partial grade Weighing
Assignments and participation 20%
Midterm Project 30%
Final Project 50%

End Grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.


If you fail this course, you can resubmit an improved version of your portfolio (50% of the final grade). In case of resubmission of the portfolio (insufficient final grade only) the final grade for the portfolio will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the portfolio.

The exact arrangements with regards to the format and timing of the Midterm Exam can be found in the course syllabus on Brightspace.

Retaking a passing grade

Retaking a passing grade is not possible for this course.

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2023 – 2024.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.

Reading list

Course materials will be provided by the instructor in the class and made available on Brightspace for download.


General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.



This courses uses collaborative learning tools which involve working in groups or individually in class. Therefore, classroom participation is expected for active learning.