• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Peter Friedlander
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course examines the impact of India’s history up to 1757 on Contemporary India. Studies 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, you will have the opportunity to study social and cultural developments that accompanied and contributed to the development of South Asia. Along with this we will analyze how changing conceptions of South Asia’s past shape contemporary debates about culture, regional identities, political ideologies, and the idea of India. This course encourages students to develop critical reading skills and abilities to write structured arguments to convey ideas through: class-based peer-to-peer discussions, making presentations and discussing the contents of each-other's presentations, writing literature reviews and structured academic essays. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation in tutorial discussions (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Class Presentation (15 minutes) (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Two Critical Discussion of Set Texts (700 words each) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Mid semester Essay (1400 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Final Essay (2800 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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A total of 130 hours made up of 36 hours in-class time (12*3 hours) plus 94 hours independent study (7-8 hours per week)

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with ASIA2270.

Prescribed Texts

The texts will be given in Wattle. They consist of multiple scholarly readings and additional news media pieces, and film clips. There is no set textbook.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6520 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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