This course examines the impact of India’s history up to 1757 on contemporary India. It explores how ideas about the history of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, and other religions inform current debates about India’s identity. In the course students will focus on the development of the Indus cultures, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism; Islam in South Asia; and European and British Colonialism in India. 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 civilizations. It provides the necessary background knowledge to understand the later processes of colonization 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:Upon successful completion of this course students should have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Critically evaluate accounts of South Asian history up until 1757
2. Explain developments in South Asian society and culture up to 1757 with an understanding of theoretical approaches to South Asian historical evidence
3. Formulate a research problem and select appropriate sources to address that problem
4. Communicate research results in research paper that applies theoretical knowledge in the area.
5. Demonstrate application of knowledge by preparing and presenting on a selected topic, choosing readings and leading a class discussion on the topic.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
Item A Weekly critical analysis of readings for that week 20%
Item B Present on a selected topic, lead discussion, and submit a reflective statement on the presentation 30%
Item C Research plan with annotated bibliography (2000 words) 15%
Item D Research paper (5000 words) 35%
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The workload will be
2 X 1 hour lectures
1 X 1 hour tutorial (except for weeks 1 and 13)
7 hours independent study
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