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Undergraduate Course: Post-Colonial South Asia (HIST10040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe political, social, cultural and economic History of South Asia since 1947, paying proportionate attention to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and both the internal and external policies of each nation. Emphasis will be given to the conflicts between modernity and tradition, as well as the concepts of regional, religious and class identities which have formed the building blocks of modern nationalism in South Asia. Students will examine the struggle to affirm that conception of nationhood, together with the secessionist and centrifugal forces, including politico-religious and revolutionary movements, which have threatened, and even succeeded, in pulling in these nations apart. Attention will also be paid to problems of securing balanced and equitable economic growth since the end of the colonial period, and the origins of the conflicts between the nations of the subcontinent, which have most recently acquired a thermo-nuclear dimension. Importantly, apart from the high politics of political conflict, the course will study the evolution of Indian society at a local level, including the struggle for the rights and freedoms of women and the lower castes, and the changing nature of what it means to be 'Indian, Hindu or Muslim, a Mohajir, Bengali ir Tamil, or Untouchable etc., as revealed in works of literature (in translation), biography and film of the past half century.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment; one two-hour examination paper (two-thirds of overall assessment).

Visiting Student Variant Assessment:
When this course is taught in Semester 1, the Visiting Student assessment will be:
One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment;
One 'take home' examination essay (two-thirds of overall assessment).

If taught in Semester 2, the assessment is as detailed for full year students.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
To encourage the acquisition of the relevant transferable skills. To provide a grounding for all those who seek to travel or work in Asia, or who otherwise might require a historical understanding of the contemporary Indian subcontinent, and - given Scotland's historic and trading links with Asia - to permit an insight into an important aspect of modern Scottish society and international relations.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPostcol S Asia
Course organiserDr Talat Ahmed
Tel: (0131 6)50 3762
Course secretaryMs Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780
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