• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Meera Ashar
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ASIA3272
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Contemporary India finds itself at the intersection of the trajectories of a number of widely varying notions of truth, falsity, authenticity and illegitimacy. The variation in these trajectories—in their cultural origins and in their content—can make their crossings unpredictable and explosive and often unintelligible. This course will explore with students the claims and negotiations that are fundamental to some of the critical debates in Indian history and politics over the past two centuries. In particular it will aim to alert students to the possibility that underlying these contentious events, ideas and processes are contending claims to truth and authenticity.

The course will focus on a set of truth claims that constitute the interface of cultural interactions within India and between Indian cultures and the rest of the world: stereotypes, stories, histories, myths, corruption and claims to authenticity and ethnicity. Such a study of India, by facilitating the study of cultural interactions through the prism of different configurations of truth and falsity, rather than the prism of power, will also encourage students to think more broadly and deeply about the interplay between notions of truth.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize and evaluate contentious notions of truth and falsity in Indian history and politics
  2. Assess the critical role played by the ephemeral notions of truth, authenticity, falsity and illegitimacy in critical political and historical debates in India
  3. Identify the genealogies of the different notions of truth and falsity
  4. Discuss with demonstrated empirical knowledge debates that employ different notions of truth and falsity
  5. Evaluate the centrality of truth claims in cultural negotiations in India
  6. Demonstrate the ability to competently critique studies of Indian history and politics by locating their truth claims

Indicative Assessment

Contribution to discussion

 

10%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Three short projects (individual or group) 30% each. Each project must include:

i) written report of 3000 words 15%

ii) presentation 10%

iii) Q & A 5%

 

3000 each

90%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Workload

2 hours lectures and 1 hour tutorial per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with ASIA3272.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be available on Wattle

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
10021 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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