• Class Number 6503
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Peter Friedlander
    • AsPr Peter Friedlander
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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. Demonstrate knowledge of key actors, events and locations in South Asian history up until 1757
  2. Discriminate between early and later manifestations of the religious traditions of India
  3. Explain developments in South Asian society and culture up to 1757
  4. Differentiate between interpretations of South Asian historical evidence
  5. Select appropriate sources to address a research problem and communicate research results in an essay with scholarly referencing and bibliography

Required Resources

Readings and other required resources are available in Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students 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

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction: aims, scope and central questionsPre-history: Indus Valley Civilization and Asian Connections Classes start in the first week of semester and both classes each week are in lecture-tutorial format. Participation in tutorial discussions (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4]Marks based on participation in all weeks of the semester.
2 The Vedas and early Indian societies Current views of prehistory and early history in India and Pakistan
3 Buddhism and Jainism and the beginnings of urbanisationThe development of empires in India Critical Discussion of Set Texts (500 words) (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]Due: Sunday 13th August 12pm
4 The epics and the spread of Brahminical traditionsThe Ramayana and the Mahabharata and ideas of India
5 The Bhagavadgita and the UpanishadsThe laws of Manu and the Indian social hierarchy
6 Chinese Buddhist Pilgrims accounts of India in the Gupta PeriodIndian interactions with Asia and the spread of Indic culture
Mid semester Essay (1000 words) (20%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]Due: Sunday 17th September 12pm
7 The rise of the temple in South India and devotional HinduismSouth Indian expansion into South East Asia under the Cholas Class Presentation (10 minutes) (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4]One ten minute presentation followed by ten minutes discussion based on one of the topics from the course.To be presented during the second class of weeks 7-12 in a time slot agreed by the end of week 6.

Middle Eastern and Tibetan accounts of the arrival of Islam in IndiaThe Sultanate period and developments of new traditions

9 Interactions between Sufis and Indians and new movementsAlternative traditions and the rise of the Sikhs and the Sants Critical Discussion of Set Texts (500 words) (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]Due: Sunday 8th October 12pm
10 The interaction between the Mughals and the RajputsCurrent debates in South Asia about 'Ganga Jamuna culture'
11 European powers expansion into India and accounts of the MughalsPortuguese accounts of the kingdom of Vijaynagar
12 The British expansion into India and the rise of 'Company Raj'Ram Mohan Roy and Indian responses to colonialism Final Essay (2000 words) (40%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]Due: Sunday 19th November 12pm

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial registration will not be necessary as they are part of the lecture-tutorial sessions.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation (10%) 10 % 24/07/2023 30/11/2023 1,2,3,4
Class Presentation (10 minutes) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4] 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Two Critical Discussion of Set Texts (500 words each) (20%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5] 20 % * * 1,2,3,4,5
Mid semester Essay (1000 words) (20%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5] 20 % 17/09/2023 25/09/2023 1,2,3,4,5
Final Essay (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5] 40 % 19/11/2023 30/11/2023 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


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks 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.


Participation includes both making original contributions to tutorial discussions and also commenting on others contributions. The criteria for recognition of contributions to tutorial activities include relevance to the topic being discussed, demonstration of having done the required readings and study and engaging in critical analysis of the issues under discussion, with further details in wattle.



Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 24/07/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Participation (10%)

Take part in tutorial discussions and contribute to discussions and comment on other students contributions.

The mark for participation will not be available until the release of the course results.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class Presentation (10 minutes) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

One ten minute presentation followed by one ten minute discussion based on one of the topics from the course.

To be presented during the second class of weeks 7-12 in a time slot agreed by the end of week 6.

Feedback will be given five working days after the date of the presentation.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Two Critical Discussion of Set Texts (500 words each) (20%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

Critical discussion of set texts drawn from weeks

First Critical Discussion of set texts from weeks 1-3: Due: Sunday 13th August 12pm

Second Critical Discussion of set texts from weeks 4-9: Due: Sunday 8th October 12pm

Feedback will be given five working days after the relevant due date.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 17/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 25/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Mid semester Essay (1000 words) (20%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

Due: Sunday 17th September 12pm

Feedback will be given five working days after due date.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 19/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Essay (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

Due: Sunday 17th September 12pm

The mark for the final Essay will not be available until the release of the course results.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For 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.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments are returned with feedback by being uploaded into wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Re-submission of assignments is not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
AsPr Peter Friedlander
02 6125 3126

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