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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : History

Undergraduate Course: India 1700 - 1947: Raj, Rebellion and Ryot (HIST10039)

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
SummaryAn introduction to the history of South Asia from the late seventeenth century up to Independence from a 'post-orientalist' and 'subaltern' perspective.
Course description This course will provide an introduction to the modern history of South Asia from a 'post-orientalist' and 'subaltern' perspective. The focus will be on the new revisionist interpretations of late Mughal India, and on the effects of subsequent developments on the lives of ordinary Indians, including the impact of the advent of colonial rule over two-thirds of the subcontinent. The second half of the course will engage with the religious, cultural and socio- economic changes of the late colonial period and emergence of Indian nationalism. It will conclude with an examination of the holocaust of India's Partition, which apart from its death doll of one million, saw the largest single mass migration in human history.

The Indian subcontinent is approximately the same size and equally, if not more, diverse than Europe and host to one of the world's oldest civilisations. It has also played a crucial role in premodern and modern history and today encompasses one fifth of humanity. The emphasis of this course will be on India culture and politics of the early modern and colonial period, integrating these where appropriate with the study of changes in the society and political economy. All of these elements will be examined with the emphasis on indigenous perspectives, illustrated wherever possible with documents, films and writing from within the subcontinent, and in the light of recent research. The course stands on its own but also provides a useful background for those intending to proceed to study the 4MA History course on Gandhi and Popular Movements in India or other senior honours courses addressing the history of the non-Western and non-European world.
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: 503767).
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 **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  50
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) The essay will be about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment), to be submitted according to subject area guidelines, and the examination a two-hour 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 Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;.
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Crispin Bates - Subalterns and Raj: a history of South Asia since 1600, (London: Routledge, 2007)

C.A. Bayly - Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire (New Cambridge History of India) (Cambridge: CUP, 1988).

Seema Alavi (ed.) - The Eighteenth Century in India (Debates in Indian History & Society), (New Delhi: OUP, 2002).

Lata Mani - Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India, 1780-1833, (Berkeley: University California Press, 1998)

Radhika Singha - A Despotism of Law: Crime and Justice in Early Colonial India (New Delhi: OUP, 2000)

Rudrangshu Mukherjee - '"Satan Let Loose upon Earth": the Kanpur Massacres in the revolt of 1857', Past & Present, 128 (1990)

Ranajit Guha - Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency (New Delhi, 1983)

Tirthankar Roy - The Economic History of India, 1857-1947, 3rd edition (New Delhi: OUP, 2011)

Bernard Cohn - 'Representing Authority in Victorian India' in T. Ranger and E. Hobsbawm (eds.), The Invention of Tradition, (Cambridge: CUP, 1983)

Gyan Pandey - The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India, (Oxford: OUP, 1992)

Yasmin Khan - The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan, (New Haven: Yale, 2007).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Crispin Bates
Tel: (0131 6)50 3765
Course secretaryMiss Alexandra Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767
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