HISTORY 255 - Gandhi's India
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Cost:
50-100
Other Course Info:
W.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is an introductory level course on the history of India as it relates to the life and times of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948). Gandhi is one of the great political philosophers of the 20th century. His influence not only helped bring about India’s independence from British colonial rule in 1947, but also influenced other freedom movements. Among these is the American Civil Rights movement, where we see Gandhi’s imprint in the ideas of civil disobedience and non-cooperation championed by Martin Luther King Jr; and the African National Congress in South Africa, which successfully fought apartheid.

The course will focus on the following topics, all critical to understanding Gandhi and his impact: British colonialism in India, Gandhi’s political philosophy, Indian nationalist/anti-colonial movements, India’s independence from the British empire and its partition (and the creation of Pakistan), and the extent to which Gandhi’s ideas on social justice have impacted South Asia’s postcolonial nations (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh). This course is based on lectures and discussion sections, both of which will be supplemented with visual materials and films.

This course has no prerequisites and assumes no prior knowledge of Indian history.

Students will be evaluated on the bases of class participation, two exams, occasional (1 page) response papers on readings, and an essay on George Orwell’s Burmese Days.

Texts:

  • S. Bose and A. Jalal, Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy
  • Rudrangshu Mukherjee, ed., The Penguin Gandhi Reader
  • George Orwell, Burmese Days

HISTORY 255 - Gandhi's India
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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002 (DIS)
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12054
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
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12055
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
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27901
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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