ASIAN 259 - Gandhi's India
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
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 thus provides a thorough grounding in modern South Asian history, and in the contemporary politics of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

This course has no prerequisites and assumes no prior knowledge of Indian history. It is based on lectures and discussion sections, both of which will be supplemented with visual materials and films.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of: class participation, two exams, two short essays on novels (George Orwell’s Burmese Days and Arvind Adiga’s White Tiger), and occasional (1 page) response papers.

Texts: Aravind Adiga, White Tiger S. Bose and A. Jalal, Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy Rudrangshu Mukherjee, ed., The Penguin Ga

ASIAN 259 - Gandhi's India
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
40741
Open
7
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecutre when they elect a discussion.
002 (DIS)
P
40743
Open
5
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
40745
Open
2
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
41197
Closed
0
 
-
W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
46267
Open
1
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
46268
Closed
0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 9781416562597
The white tiger : a novel, Author: Aravind Adiga., Publisher: Free Press 1st Free P 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780415307871
Modern South Asia : history, culture, political economy, Author: Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal., Publisher: Routledge 2nd ed. 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780140236866
The Penguin Gandhi reader, Author: edited by Rudrangshu Mukherjee., Publisher: Penguin Books Pbk. ed. 1993
Required
ISBN: 9780156148504
Burmese days; a novel., Author: by George Orwell., Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich A Harvest 1974
Required
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