- Class Number 3979
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Meera Ashar
- Dr Meera Ashar
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
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
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to the course and critical concepts|
|2||Ideologies of Empire|
|3||Colonialism and Anti-colonial struggles|
|5||The Making of Modern Nation-states|
|6||Religion and Communalism|
|7||Caste and Class|
|8||Gender, Ethnicity and Language|
|9||Liberalisation, Development and Corruption|
|10||Bollywood, Lollywood, Tollywood, Sandalwood...|
|11||Dynamics of Contemporary South Asia|
|12||Presentation of term- end projects|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Participation and discussion||10 %||*||1,2,3|
|Mid Semester exploratory essay||30 %||02/04/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Project Presentation||15 %||04/06/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Participation and discussion
Students will be assessed for informed participation and discussion during the course. Contribution to seminar discussions include:
--ability to make considered and well-expressed contributions to discussions
--ability to engage with alternate points of view
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Mid Semester exploratory essay
This exploratory essay would use 3 scholarly sources from amongst the readings or beyond to review one of the 3 topics offered to students. The essay should be no more than 1000 words and can combine an interdisciplinary perspective.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
The project may be in the form of a written essay of 2500 words, a photo essay of 25 original photographs or equivalent archival images accompanied by a 500-700 word exegesis or a creative project to be undertaken with the approval of the convenor.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Presentation of the project takes place in class on week 12. Points are awarded for innovative presentation and careful responses to critique from your peers and the convenor
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Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
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