- Code ASIA2271
- Unit Value 6 units
This course will introduce students to the myriad visions of South Asia that have been expressed through historical, social, economic, political, religious and cultural movements and debates over the past three centuries. It will focus on the crucial question: what is South Asia? In the multiplicity of dynamic and often ephemeral answers, the course will offer glimpses of the many Indias, Pakistans, Sri Lankas, and so on that reside in peoples imaginations.
It will begin during a critical period of the British Raj and survey the complex processes, events and ideologies that went into the shaping of the nations and regions of South Asia. It will follow the progression of colonialism and the emergence of anticolonial and national movements as well as struggles that slipped under the radar of popular national movements. The course will explore the violent moments of Independence and the contending aspirations of the newly minted nation-states.
Apart from opening up the world of South Asia to students, this course will also foray into questions of what it means to study Asia in the contemporary world. It will explore ways to understand the transformations the region has been undergoing.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key events, social formations, and conceptual tools used to comprehend South Asian history
- Identify the main controversies in South Asian history and the evidence and arguments that are applied to those debates.
- Evaluate the changing role of colonialism in contemporary historical debates
- Apply critical skills in the identification and use of historical sources
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
1. Contribution to discussion
2. 2 short assignments (to include an article summary and book review)
3. Term end project
i) written report of 2000-2500 words 30%
ii) presentation 15%
iii) Q & A 15%
2000 word written report
30 + 15 + 15 = 60%
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Two hours lectures and one hour tutorial each week.
Readings will be provided on Wattle.
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