• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Meera Ashar
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    See Future Offerings

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

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1.    Recognize and discuss diverse notions of truth and falsity in Indian history and politics

2.    Assess the role played by the notions of truth, authenticity, falsity and illegitimacy in political and historical debates in India

3.    Identify the origins of different notions of truth and falsity

4.    Discuss with relevant examples debates that employ different notions of truth and falsity

5.    Consider the centrality of truth claims in cultural negotiations in India

6.    Demonstrate the ability to analyse studies of Indian history and politics in relation to their truth claims

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%) - addresses LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Three projects (30% each) - address LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Workload

130 hours workload over the whole semester including in class time and independent study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 48 units of university courses. This course is incompatible with ASIA6272.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on Wattle. 

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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Student Contribution 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4399 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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