- Code ASIA6271
- 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
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.
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:
- Evaluate and discuss the role of critical events in Indian history with significant empirical data
- Use models of knowledge construction to identify the kinds of information available for historical research
- Develop informed views on the place of South Asia in world history.
- Identify the main controversies in South Asian history and the evidence and arguments that are applied to those debates.
- Apply critical skills in the identification and use of historical sources
- Creatively employ non traditional sources or demonstrate a plan for the use non traditional sources to the understanding of Indian history
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
1. Contribution to discussion
2. Short assignments
15 + 15=30%
3. Term end project
i) written report of 4000-4500 words 35%
ii) presentation 15%
iii) Q & A 10%
4000 word written report
35+ 15+ 10= 60%
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Two hours lectures and one hour tutorial each week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Readings provided on Wattle.
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