- Code ASIA2270
- Unit Value 6 units
This course surveys the history of South Asia from the earliest periods of history to 1757 in the context of empire. India has been at the centre of world culture and trade for millennia. South Asia has been the location of great empires, such as the Mauryas, Guptas and Mughals; has provided cultural and religious foundations for empires of southeast Asia and in turn has received cultural, political and religious influences from its neighbours in the middle east, central Asia and China. The course begins with the physical environment of South Asia, then goes on to examine Indus culture; the development of the Hindu tradition, Jainism, Buddhism; the arrival of Islam; the establishment of the Mughal empire; the role India played in the competition of the Portuguese, Dutch and English for control of the spice trade; and how a trading company took control of large parts of the subcontinent. As well as tracing major historical and political events, the course also explores the social and cultural developments that accompanied and contributed to the development of South Asia and its role within the development of Asian civilisations. It provides the necessary background knowledge to understand the later processes of colonisation and state formation in South Asia within its Asian context and introduces changing conceptions of the past of South Asia through examining the current major scholarly debates on issues in pre-colonial South Asian history.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of key actors, events and locations in South Asian history up until 1757
2. Discriminate between early and later manifestations of the religious traditions of India
3. Explain developments in South Asian society and culture up to 1757
4. Differentiate between interpretations of South Asian historical evidence
5. Select appropriate sources to address a research problem
6. Communicate research results in an essay with accepted scholarly apparatus
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
Item A Weekly tutorial reading notes 10%
Item B Participate in tutorial discussion 10%
Item C Essay plan with annotated bibliography (1200 words) 15%
Item D Essay (3000 words) 35%
Item E End of semester exam 30%
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Workload35 hours in-class time 95 hours independent study (7-8 hours per week)
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