Undergraduate Course: Gandhi and Popular Movements in India 1915-1950 (HIST10092)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course enquires into the role played by the ideology and leadership of Mahatma Gandhi in India's struggle for independence. In addition the neglected but equally important part played by social, revolutionary and peasant-based movements in this period will be examined. The course will focus attention on an important period in modern Indian history and by its structure will highlight new perspectives in historical writing on India which have been a source of considerable debate of late. In particular the validity of "official" accounts of recent Indian history - whether written from a nationalist or a colonialist perspective - has been contested in what is now developing into a voluminous re-interpretative literature. This course will therefore survey the conventional historiography concerning the influence of British constitutional initiatives, caste associations,political factions and prominent national leaders - particularly Mahatma Gandhi - in the independence movement. At the same time it will examine a range of new writing on Indian history which analyses the disparate, unorganised and sometimes violent "grassroots" and popular movements which played an equally important role in undermining colonial rule.
THE COURSE IS RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE SOME PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF STUDYING MODERN SOUTH ASIAN/INDIAN HISTORY AT EITHER PRE-HONOURS OR HONOURS LEVEL.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third 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).
Course Delivery Information
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| To inculcate an understanding and critical perspective on the history of the Indian independence movement and relevant comparisons with nationalist movements elsewhere. To develop transferable analytical, theoretical, and presentational skills along with a practical awareness of cultural difference.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Crispin Bates
Tel: (0131 6)50 3765
|Course secretary||Ms Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780