History of India and South Asia Region

Course Number: HST 105
Transcript Title: Hist of India & S. Asia Region
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 22, 2016
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Surveys history of India and the South Asian region. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious, and cultural themes from pre-history to modern times. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Articulate an understanding of the key events in the history of South Asia and use critical thinking to evaluate historical changes and their impact on South Asian civilization.
  2. Recognize the diverse contributions of South Asia to world civilization in order to appreciate and evaluate society.
  3. Identify culturally-grounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of and about peoples in South Asia.
  4. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  5. Connect the past with the present to enhance citizenship skills.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects
  • Service-learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and skills

  • Identify the characteristics of South Asian civilization
  • Identify key political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of South Asian civilization
  • Appraise how civilization changed over time
  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own
  • Recognize and understand the basis for various interpretations and views of historical issues
  • Identify an historian's thesis and supporting evidence
  • Select what is important from a large body of material
  • Connect past and present

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Early Indus civilizations
  • Aryan migrations
  • Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism
  • Mauryan Empire
  • Gupta Dynasty and Classical Indian Culture
  • Islamic Invasions and Influence
    • Delhi Sultanate
    • Sikhism
  • Mughal Empire and rulers
  • Initial European contacts
  • East India Company
  • British Raj
  • Evolution of Indian Nationalism and British response
  • Gandhi
  • Impact of World Wars
  • Independence
  • Partition
    • Jinnah
    • Pakistan
    • Kashmir
  • Post-Independence
    • Nehru
    • Indira Gandhi
    • Bangladesh
    • Nuclear proliferation
  • Current Issues
  • Modernization
  • Globalization

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Gender
  • Institutions
  • Political and economic structures
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions