History 314

HIST 314
Imperial India: India from Mughal Times to the Present

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HIST 314
Imperial India: India from Mughal Times to the Present
Three hours lecture: (3)

Prerequisite: Three hours of History at the 100 level.

A general survey of South Asian history from the building of the Mughal Empire to the present. Topics include the nature of Mughal and British rule in India, the many peoples who have coexisted in India, and the blending of Muslim, Hindu, and British traditions. Also emphasizes developments in South Asia since the end of British rule in 1947.

Detailed Description of Content of Course
This course will provide students with a chance to become acquainted with the history of South Asia, helping them to acquire knowledge and understanding of a part of the world unfamiliar to most of them. The course will attempt to create awareness of how South Asia came to be the way it is and how South Asian history has been important. Major topics include:

(1) Ancient Cultures of South Asia
(2) Arrival of Islam and the Mughal Conquest of India
(3) Hindu-Muslim Relations under Mughal Rule
(4) Arrival of Europeans in South Asia
(5) British Conquest of India
(6) Nature of British Rule in India
(7) Independence Movements
(8) South Asia since Independence

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will combine lectures, class discussions based on assigned readings, media presentations, diverse writing assignments, and in-class exercises. In all cases, the course will be learner-centered. The course will also offer research opportunities, as students will be able to explore in greater depth topics of special interest through secondary and primary source readings. The course will provide the academic support services that students need in order to succeed.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Students will practice thinking critically and analytically about historical issues, acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of pertinent historical events and processes, and cultivate a familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation.

2. Students will develop disciplinary research skills by designing strategies to locate and analyze primary and secondary source evidence, processing and organizing the resultant data, and composing proper citation and bibliographical entries.

3. Students will apply their critical thinking, research, and compositional skills to the creation and presentation of thesis driven essays that discuss, for example, historical social, economic, political, and/or cultural developments and that address issues such as the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity.

4. Students will acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of key issues, themes, personalities, and events in the history of India from the time of the Mughals to the present day.

Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course will be measured using an array of assessment tools that may include, among other things, class attendance and participation, written examinations, formal writing assignments of various types, and informal writing assignments. All exercises are designed to expand the student's ability to evaluate historical events and to develop his or her ability to compose persuasive arguments.

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Review and Approval
Date Action Reviewed by
October 2010 Reviewed and Approved by Sharon A. Roger Hepburn, Chair