Course Description

Introduction to the Sikhs, CRES 70S

Introduces the Sikh community, including its origins, history, belief system and contemporary challenges. Other topics include Sikh music, art, literature, and aspects of Sikh society. Specific attention is paid to the Sikh diaspora community in the United States, and in California in particular, including comparative perspectives with respect to other minority communities.

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Credit: 2 quarter units / 1.33 semester units credit
UC Santa Cruz, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies

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Course Creator

Nirvikar Singh

Dr. Nirvikar Singh is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he held the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies from 2010 to 2020. His research includes economic theory, development economics, political economy, and an award-winning book on Indian-Americans. He has written on several aspects of Punjab’s economy and served on the Chief Minister’s expert group on revitalizing the Punjab economy. In Sikh Studies, his work includes essays on Sikh identity, history, entrepreneurship, art, and literature; and on translating the Guru Granth Sahib.

Dr. Nirvikar Singh  is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he held the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies from 2010 to 2020. His research includes economic theory, development economics, political economy, and an award-winning book on Indian-Americans. He has written on several aspects of Punjab’s economy and served on ...

Dr. Nirvikar Singh is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he held the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies from 2010 to 2020. His research includes economic theory, development economics, political economy, and an award-winning book on Indian-Americans. He has written on several aspects of Punjab’s economy and served on the Chief Minister’s expert group on revitalizing the Punjab economy. In Sikh Studies, his work includes essays on Sikh identity, history, entrepreneurship, art, and literature; and on translating the Guru Granth Sahib.


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