- Code ASIA3272
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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.
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 AssessmentParticipation (10%) - addresses LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Three projects (30% each) - address LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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Workload130 hours workload over the whole semester including in class time and independent study.
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