ASIAN 259 - Modern India and South Asia
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is an introductory level course on the history of the Indian subcontinent, particularly 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, such as the African National Congress in South Africa and 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.

This course will focus on the following topics:

  • British colonial rule in India
  • The Indian diaspora
  • Indian nationalism/anti-colonialism
  • India’s independence and Partition (and the creation of Pakistan)
  • The political, social, and economic dilemmas faced by the postcolonial states of the Indian subcontinent: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

      Course Requirements:

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

      Intended Audience:

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

      Class Format:

      This course is based on lectures and discussion, both of which will be supplemented with visual materials and films.

ASIAN 259 - Modern India and South Asia
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 041521484X
Subalterns and Raj : south Asia since 1600, Author: Crispin Bates., Publisher: Routledge 1. publ. 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0674504488
Amar Akbar Anthony, Author: William Elison, Publisher: Harvadr University Press 2101
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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