|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module will provide students with an opportunity to engage with the modern history of India. The course will cover the development of the nationalist movement in India that led to the independence of India and the formation of India and Pakistan in 1947. The anti-colonial struggle against British rule will be examined through analysis of major political movements in the period 1880-1947 and the political thought of Gandhi. Students will examine the participation of different social groups in this political struggle and reflect on historians’ understanding of these developments. The course will discuss the ways in which caste is understood and how it shaped the politics of this period. The development of the Hindu Right and Muslim ‘separatism’ will be used to understand the massive violence during the Partition of colonial India into the states of India and Pakistan. This course will help students develop a historical understanding of South Asia.
The main aims of the module are to introduce students to South Asian history and to develop their understanding of British imperial history and colonialism.
Lecture topics may include:
Lecture 1: Background
Lecture 2: Early nationalism (1): ‘Moderates’
Lecture 3: Early nationalism (2): ‘Extremists’, Swadeshi Movement
Lecture 4: Communalism and ‘Muslim Separatism’ & Early Gandhian Movements
Lecture 5: Gandhian Philosophy: Political Thought, Techniques, Critiques
Lecture 6: Khilafat, Non-Cooperation and Civil Disobedience
Lecture 7: Non-Cooperation and Civil Disobedience: Participation of peasants, tribals and bourgeoisie
Lecture 8: Historiographical Interpretations of Indian History
Lecture 9: Caste: Concepts and Introduction to early political mobilization
Lecture 10: Caste: Ambedkar and the Role of caste-based identities in colonial Indian politics
Lecture 11: Khilafat Movement and Communalism in the 1920s
Lecture 12: Partition (1): High Politics
Seminar topics may include:
Seminar 1: Early Nationalism and Elite Politics
Seminar 2: Gandhian Philosophy
Seminar 3: Mass Nationalism and Participation of Different Social Groups: 1920s-1930s
Seminar 4: Interpretations of Nationalist Movement
Seminar 5: Peasant or ‘Subaltern’ Nationalism
Seminar 6: Caste
Seminar 7: Communalism
Seminar 8: Partition (2): Communal Violence, Gender, Community
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||66||1:00||66:00||40% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||66||1:00||66:00||40% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||3:00||3:00||Film Screening|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||7||2:00||14:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||1:00||2:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||2||2:00||4:00||Skills session with discussion of readings, presentation skills|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||1:00||1:00||skills session with discussion of readings, presentation skills|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||32||1:00||32:00||20% of guided independent study|
The lectures are meant to introduce students to topics and concepts that will be very unfamiliar to them. They are meant to provide a basic knowledge about the themes discussed in the course. They will make use of PowerPoint presentations and handouts may be made available electronically or in hardcopy to provide a guide for individual study of recommended reading. Seminars will provide an opportunity to students to explore the more difficult topics further through a discussion of recommended readings These will involve small and large group work and will require engagement in discussion and debate. Seminars will help students develop many of the skills learning outcomes described above.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||25||2000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)|
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes and develops key skills in research, reading and writing. Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.
ERASMUS students at Newcastle have the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, they need to discuss it with the module leader. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student wishes to do the same assessment as the domestic students, that option remains open to them. No variation of the deadlines will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.
Study Abroad students (i.e. non-EU exchange students) are required to complete the normal assessment under all circumstances.
Disclaimer: The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this catalogue. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the information given including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of modules if it considers such action to be necessary.