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HIS216
Engendering History
4.00
Undergraduate
This course explores gender in a historical perspective. It shall demonstrate the evolution of gender as a methodological approach and examines its dynamics in relation to class, caste and race in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will deal with a range of issues that concerns both the formation of gender and sexuality as objects of inquiry in various historical contexts. It seeks to go beyond narratives of gender history in the West and incorporate theoretical approaches and case studies from South Asia, Latin America and Africa. Central themes will include theoretical debates on the construction of gender relations, culture and identity, and feminist interventions.
HIS109
Making Of South Asia II
3.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
ARC317
Archaeology of Landscapes
4.00
Undergraduate
This course is a basic introduction to archaeological and anthropological understandings of landscapes. We will address the following themes: 1) origins and historiography of the sub discipline of Landscape archaeology 2) the various themes investigated by anthropological archaeologists employing a landscape approach (through case studies) a. Cultural ecology b. Phenomenology c. Ideational perspectives 3) Use of Landscape archaeology in the South Asian context 4) Intersections of Landscape archaeology with other approaches to studying the past, particularly intensive, object-based studies. 5) Engagement with the current conceptions of the Anthropocene.
HIS314
Economic History of India,....
4.00
Undergraduate
This course will explore the history of economic activities, policies and institutions in ‘modern’ India. More specifically, it will visit the themes of land, labour, infrastructure, trade and finance during the colonial period and the first thirty years after India’s independence. It will try to map the different trajectories that these categories have taken and the transitions that they have gone through in this period with respect to the shaping of an Indian economy both before and after the independence. Alongside studying the specific history of a region, this course will make connections between that and the past and present debates within the discipline of economics itself in trying to understand the shifts in thinking and practice regarding issues like national income, population, productivity and development.
HIS317
Archaeology of Landscapes
4.00
Undergraduate
Course Summary This course is a basic introduction to archaeological and anthropological understandings of landscapes. We will address the following themes: 1) origins and historiography of the sub discipline of Landscape archaeology 2) the various themes investigated by anthropological archaeologists employing a landscape approach (through case studies) a. Cultural ecology b. Phenomenology c. Ideational perspectives 3) Use of Landscape archaeology in the South Asian context 4) Intersections of Landscape archaeology with other approaches to studying the past, particularly intensive, object-based studies. 5) Engagement with the current conceptions of the Anthropocene. Course Aims (Specific details of what the course intends to achieve in terms of student knowledge and ability. Items should begin with phrases such as “To provide students with …”, “To enable students to …”, “To develop students’ skills in …” and so on.) The course is designed to give theoretical and conceptual tools to students to undertake basic analyses of a broad-scale archaeology. They will engage in independent, critical thinking and writing regarding such approaches to doing archaeology. Learning Outcomes a. Students will appreciate how archaeologists know what we know about the past. b. The methods employed by archaeologists, especially while studying ‘landscapes’, will introduce students to a novel analytical and interpretive framework, that is different from what historians do. c. In addition, students will hone writing, analyzing, and presentation skills. d. The course will be geared towards engaging with archaeological materials from different areas of the world and as such students will learn to appreciate diversities inherent in these archaeological data. Curriculum Content (Syllabus, Lab work, Project, Term paper, Group work, etc.) Detailed lecture and tutorial schedule will be given on the first of class. Dates for Assessments such as Quizzes and Exams will be notified as well. Class Policies will also be spelt out clearly. Teaching and Learning Strategy (Teaching methods and tools, use of LMS, software used or taught, external visits, workshops) Teaching and Learning Strategy Description of Work Class Hours Out-of-Class Hours Lectures and discussions Lectures 40 80 TUTORIAL DISCUSSIONS 15 ASSSESSMENT. Assessment Strategy (Formative assessment and feedback to student, Summary assessment at the end of the course) QUIZZES, MID TERM AND FINAL EXAM, TUTORIAL DISCUSSIONS. Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (For each learning outcome listed in Item 12, describe the formative and summative assessment strategy) Assessment Scheme Type of Assessment Description Percentage QUIZZES Evaluating what archaeologists do, as contrasted with historians. 20% MID TERM EXAM Students will learn to analyze using a landscape archaeological approach. 30% FINAL EXAM Students learn to formulate strategies and methods to investigate archaeological landscapes. 40% TUTORIAL Students learn to critically evaluate texts and documents. 10% TOTAL 100% Bibliography Alcock, S. E. and J. F. Cherry (2004). Side-by-side survey: comparative regional studies in the Mediterranean World. Oxford, Oxbow. Ashmore, Wendy and Bernard Knapp (1999). Archaeologies of Landscape contemporary perspectives. Malden, Mass. Blackwell Publishers. Basso, K. H. (1996). Wisdom sits in places: landscape and language among the Western Apache. Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press Bender, B. (1993). Landscape: politics and perspectives. New York, Berg. Bradley, R. (1998). The significance of monuments: on the shaping of human experience in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe. London, Routledge. Bradley, R. (2000). An archaeology of natural places. London, Routledge. Chapman, H. (2006) Landscape Archaeology and GIS. Tempus Publishing. Cherry, J. F., J. L. Davis, et al. (1991). Landscape archaeology as long-term history: northern Keos in the Cycladic Islands from earliest settlement until modern times. Los Angeles, UCLA Institute of Archaeology. Cosgrove, D. E. and S. Daniels (1988). The Iconography of landscape: essays on the symbolic representation, design, and use of past environments. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. David, B. and J. Thomas (2008). Handbook of landscape archaeology. Walnut Creek, CA, Left Coast Press. Fish, S. K. and S. A. Kowalewski (1990). The Archaeology of regions: a case for full-coverage survey. Washington; Smithsonian Institution Press. Ingold, T. (1993). ‘The Temporality of the Landscape’ World Archaeology 25(2): 152. Mitchell, W.J.T. (2002). Landscape and Power. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. Yoffee, N. (2007). Negotiating the past in the past: identity, memory, and landscape in archaeological research. Tucson, Un
HIS318
Cross-Cultural Perspectives...
4.00
Undergraduate
This course shall combine insights from the humanities and social sciences to explore the meanings of education for different kinds of youth in a historical and contemporary context, and the ways in which these processes intersect. Relying upon textual, audio and visual material, the shifting means of education for different kinds of youth, ideological contestations, and resistances shall be explored. The purpose is to examine how factors such as the state, family, community and market impinge upon the making and unmaking of youth cultures, educational spaces and aspirations. Case studies from across the world, especially South Asia, Latin America, and Europe, will be used to explore questions on youth and cultural identity, education and aspiration, gender and sexuality, social media and popular culture.
ARC312
Temples, Tombs and warriors: Comparative Archaeology of India and China
4.00
Undergraduate
Temples, Tombs and warriors: Comparative Archaeology of India and China
HIS312
Temples, Tombs and warriors: Comparative Archaeology of India and China
4.00
Undergraduate
Temples, Tombs and warriors: Comparative Archaeology of India and China
HIS308
Crime and Punishment in the Modern World
4.00
Undergraduate
Crime and Punishment in the Modern World
HIS400
RESEARCH SEMINAR
4.00
Undergraduate
RESEARCH SEMINAR
ARC101
Introduction to Archaeology
3.00
Undergraduate
Introduction to Archaeology
HIS397
Gandhi & his Political Thought
4.00
Undergraduate
Gandhi and his Political Thought
HIS396
Col. & Fndtns. of Col. Knwldg.
4.00
Undergraduate
Colonialism and Foundations of Colonial Knowledge in South Asia, 1860-1920
HIS107
Modern India 1857-1947
3.00
Undergraduate
Modern India 1857-1947
HIS106
Islam in SA, C. 700 - Present
3.00
Undergraduate
Islam in SA, C. 700 - Present
HIS214
Medicine and the Raj
3.00
Undergraduate
Medicine and the Raj
HIS402
UG dissertation II
8.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
HIS401
UG dissertation I
4.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
HIS316
The Opium Question: Writings on the opium wars (1839-1860)
4.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
HIS306
Histories of writing
4.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
HIS304
Pastoral nomads and the state
4.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
HIS303
Resources, conflict and the state
4.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
HIS302
Archaeology and Death
4.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
HIS311
South Asia in Historiography
4.00
Undergraduate
This course will build on students’ knowledge of the practice of history of South Asia by introducing the debates, methodologies and theoretical approaches that articulate historical concerns. Each week the course will focus on key works, and study how they speak to the wider historical and theoretical debates and approaches represented by the Annales School, Historical Sociology, Micro-history, The Cultural Turn, Gender history, Subaltern Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, the history of the Senses, and Oral history.
HIS315
The Anthropology and History of Experts and Expertise
4.00
Undergraduate
We live today in a world where we are increasingly understanding ourselves through what we do. That is, by the kind of knowledge we produce and expertise we possess. Indeed, it would not be too much of a stretch to suggest that the most important question we ask today of people immediately after introducing ourselves is “what do you do?” While this question can be seen as an innocuous form of conversation making, it also is a form of self-identification and valuation through which we make sense of ourselves, others as well as the world around us. This class attempts to unpack how the disciplines of History and Anthropology have studied who is an expert? What is expertise? What kinds of value/signification is placed on expertise and experts within larger questions of nationhood, economy, colonial and postcolonial statecraft?? We shall also look at what kinds of images of social reality do experts and expertise provide. And how does this, in turn, fashion /forge both expertise and expert communitarian formations.
HIS320
Making Languages in South Asia
4.00
Undergraduate
Making Languages in South Asia
HIS102
Does History Matter?
4.00
Undergraduate
Course Content:  Does History Matter?  This course aims to be a foundational one for UG students, who are interested in rethinking/reviewing the commonsensical understanding of history as a discipline that school text books offer. It aims to expose the students to the sources, methodologies and questions of History, as it is practiced in South Asia and globally in order to help them engage critically with history’s claims to truth about the past. BOOKS RECOMMENDED:  Geoffrey Cubitt, “History and Memory: An Imagined Relationship,”  Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007 Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Use and Abuse of History for Life, Gerda Lerner, “Why History Matters,” in Why History Matters: Life and Thought, New York:
HIS103
Early Historic South Asia
4.00
Undergraduate
This course charts the slow transition, rise and spread of cities and states in early historic South Asia. Beginning from c.1500 BCE and extending into the early centuries CE, it shows how the development of urban civilization was marked by a host of interconnected factors: the rise of monarchies, the development of trading networks, the emergence of writing, and the spread of religious groups. By bringing together analyses of textual and archaeological data, it aims to shed light on this complex and dynamic period in the subcontinent's past.
HIS104
Bronze Age Civilizations
4.00
Undergraduate
What is the meaning of the Bronze Age? What role did the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt play in enabling some of the most significant developments in human societies? This course begins with the discovery of these civilizations, plots their development over time, and discusses how they may be understood both through written as well as archaeological material. 
HIS105
Early Historic South Asia
3.00
Undergraduate
Early Historic South Asia COURSE DESCRIPTION: The period since 1860 has been a time of deep-seated and persistent social change in Indian society, as a result of the imposition of colonial rule. This course is designed to introduce students to the literature on modern South Asian history with an emphasis on the diversity of approaches that characterize the historiography of the region, from political history to subaltern studies and studies of culture and economic development. Topics will include: the idea of the Indian nation; peasant protests, famine and poverty; life in urban cities; changes in the lives of women; science, medicine and technology; the construction of crime and social deviance ASSESSMENT SCHEME: Class participation and bi-weekly tutorials: 50% Two Short Response Pieces (2-3 pages) and Long Essay (10 pages): 50%"
HIS201
Archaeology of South Asia
4.00
Undergraduate
The earliest occupations in the subcontinent, in the absence of writing, can only be reconstructed on the basis of material remains, which is the purview of archaeology. Yet, archaeology also helps us to understand later periods when there are written sources. This course, through a study of the material remains of the past, will take the student from roughly the 8th millennium BCE to the 16th century CE. This will enable us to understand how the histories of ordinary people can be constructed through their everyday objects.
HIS202
Ancient Indian Social History
4.00
Undergraduate
The study of social history represents an exciting arena in understanding India's ancient past. This course seeks to introduce students to the field, focusing in particular on issues of gender, class and caste. In the place of glorified pictures of the ancient past, such studies allow us to glimpse an ancient world peopled by men, women and their concerns, mediated by ideologies and social groupings. Emphasis will also be placed on questions of methodology, showing how an integrated study of texts, inscriptions and material culture can help us understand the complexities and contradictions of ancient societies, removed from us in time.
HIS203
Early Medieval South Asia 300 - 1300
4.00
Undergraduate
How, when and why did the diversity of languages—spoken and written—emerge in South Asia? What is the significance of the emergence of stone-temple architecture from c. 6th century? Why do we see separate States emerge in various regions of South Asia in the middle of the first millennium?  Multiple sources suggest an emerging diversity in religion, politics, trade, architecture and social relations. At the same time the subcontinent is a vast inter-connected network seeing the exchange of goods and ideas: trade and political activity is tied as much to the local region as to a larger network; sacred landscapes are re-created in different geographies; artisan networks, religious functionaries, writers, poets, travelers and common people have left behind a legacy that informs us on the richness and diversity in early medieval South Asia.
HIS204
Introducing the 'Early Modern' 1300 - 1761 CE
4.00
Undergraduate
The historiography of the Early Modern allows us to see the heuristic value of adopting a trans-national perspective in our studies of regional histories. The term alludes to a new sense of the limits of the inhabited world, and relates to the histories of the period between 1450 CE and 1800 CE, when maritime explorations, mapping and reporting produced extensive knowledge about the global geography. We see the emergence of a truly global economy, in which long distance commerce connected expanding economies on all continents, developments of new technologies occasioned new organizational responses to their effects, population increased significantly, intensification of uses of land led to establishment of settler frontiers, and large and powerful states and dynamic imperial systems mobilized new resources. Through histories of the kingdoms of Vijayanagara, regional states in the Deccan and prominently the Mughal Empire, the course will examine the significant contributions of South Asia within the early modern world economies, and explore the implications of this model for the study of South Asia. It shall focus prominently upon cultural histories for emphasizing the connections between South Asia and the World. 
HIS206
Establishment of British Power in South Asia, 1757 - 1857
4.00
Undergraduate
This course offers students an opportunity to understand the early origins of the British empire in South Asia. We will study how the English East India Company, a joint stock mercantile concern established in 1600 in London, became invested incommerce as well as governance in the Indian subcontinent. Thus, the course examines the Company’s fiscal involvements, political and military expansion, as well as its ideological underpinnings in theeighteenth century. Detailed Syllabus  Unit 1Merchants, Commerce, Governance Unit 2 Regions, Conquest, Expansion Unit 3 Ideology and Empire Unit 4 Rebellion and Resistance
HIS208
Social Change in South Asia
4.00
Undergraduate
The period since 1860 has been a time of deep-seated and persistent social change in South Asian society, as a result of the imposition of colonial rule. This course introduces students to the literature on modern South Asian history with an emphasis on the diversity of approaches that characterize the historiography of the region, from political history to subaltern studies and studies of culture and economic development. Topics will include, the idea of the Indian nation; peasant protests, famine and poverty; life in urban cities; changes in the lives of women; science, medicine and technology; the construction of crime and social deviance. 
HIS209
Contemporary India 1947-1991
4.00
Undergraduate
This course looks at the major developments in contemporary India in terms of new forces and issues that are unleashed as a logical corollary of India gaining independence. It will thus examine in the historical context the major developments that have shaped the Indian sub-continent post the independence, namely the framing of the constitution, the major strands of political   and economic processes that have shaped the contexts, the events in 1962 (China), the ‘green revolution’, 1975 (emergency) and the decade of 80s that terminated in the momentous year of 1991 where a new set of forces strove to shape the contours of the subcontinent. The course will be discussion oriented with audio visual material as an aid along with specific readings.
HIS210
Histories of Archaeology in South Asia
4.00
Undergraduate
An understanding of the histories of archaeological scholarship and practices is crucial for developing the skills of historical methodology and archaeological knowledge. The histories provide critical insights into the many traditions of historiography, and demonstrate the reasons for nurturing a trans-regional and trans-national perspective while writing regional histories. Through histories of antiquarian scholarship and archaeological fieldwork, this paper shall map the many ways in which we can historicize the early archaeological scholarship of India. It shall explore the manner in which the British developed and used archaeology in India, and the disciplinary developments that followed in the early decades of Indian independence. The lecture topics shall create a sense of the unequal encounters of the politics of imperialism, relationships between power and knowledge, uses and abuses of histories of origins, and creations of heritage and legacies. The course shall thereby also attend to issues of ethics.
HIS211
Global Histories of Food
4.00
Undergraduate
Are we what we eat? The act of eating was rooted in a finite moment; yet, food welds together time, linking the visceral processes of the body to all else in life, and the present to traditions, memory and the past. This course surveys the history of food in its wide-ranging environmental, economic, cultural and global contexts through an examination of the core themes of the production, circulation and consumption of food across time. Topics include: the domestication of plants and animals; the medieval spice trade; the Columbian exchange and entry of New World foods on Old World diets; slavery and sugar plantations; the structure of meals and the cultivation of taste and manners; industrialization; famine and food riots; cookbooks, recipes and formation of resilient identities.
HIS212
State and Cult in Early Medieval South Asia
4.00
Undergraduate
This course will look at the issues of early medieval state and the formation of cult against the geographical context of semi-arid belt of the Deccan, for the early medieval period. In particular this course will consider the history of the pastoralists and the cult of Viththal at Pandarpur as an expression of a relationship between that forms the basis of an early medieval state. The class combines lectures with graded discussions. Students are expected to read assigned texts.
HIS213
Field Methods in Archaeology
4.00
Undergraduate
Archaeological field work is known to be intrusive. It makes it imperative that we keep this in mind while planning, designing, executing and publishing data gathered from archaeological sites. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the methods used in archaeology, in other words, an initiation to field archaeology methods. The course is hands-on and uses activities both within and outside the classroom in order to give students a basic understanding of archaeological fieldwork. The course does not include archaeological theory and is not designed to be an introduction to archaeology, rather as suggested by the title explores how and what different techniques are used by archaeologists. Aims of the course The aim of this course is to give a broad understanding of archaeological field techniques and methods, their aims and limitations, and to provide some practical experience. Objectives of the course 1. An overview of the methodological issues surrounding archaeological fieldwork. 2. An understanding of survey techniques including desk-top, aerial, geophysical walk-over and collection. 4. An understanding of the process of designing a project from initial survey to final publication.  
HIS215
Histories of the Art and Architecture of South Asia
4.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
HIS301
Archaeology of Cities
4.00
Undergraduate
This course focuses on understanding urbanism and urban settlements in the third millennium in Mesopotamia, Egypt and South Asia. The intention is to introduce the students to early urban developments and enable students to analyze urbanization, the physical and social forms of urban centres, as well as the functions of varying urban spaces.
HIS305
Curating Cultures: Collections, Museums and Practices
4.00
Undergraduate
What functions do museums serve in the modern world? Why is it important to examine curatorial practices? How might one do archaeology, and anthropology, in and of museums? How do museums generate and consolidate theories of material culture and cultural differences? And, how have museums within the post-colonial worlds changed or responded to shifting political and economic movements, and accommodated source communities. These are some of the questions, which the course shall address while exploring the histories of museums and their collections of antiquities within India. Through specific examples it shall also review the making of local and national collections, the distinctions between public museums and others, and inform of best practices: of collections management, conservation and curation. Devised as a practical and theoretical approach to museum studies, the course shall illustrate the importance of museums and their curation, and collections, within the archaeological scholarship.
HIS307
Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism
4.00
Undergraduate
Our seminar explores the cultural production, consumption and circulation of the western scholarship relating to the Orient that characterise European overseas expansion in the modern era. The course takes at its basis Edward Said’s foundational text, Orientalism: Western Perceptions of the Orient (1978) and his seminal assertion that European political domination of the Orient and the knowledge relating to its land, peoples, and cultures were interdependent. The present seminar will examine various forms of knowledge production and their varied uses within the colonised world, stressing the core themes of the use of technology; the construction of imperial identities and their modes of representations; and, the appropriation of and resistance to these formulations. The topics covered include: anthropology, criminology and law; mapping, cartography and census enumeration; science and medicine; philology; museums displays and exhibitions; and nationalist discourse. The reading material relates to British imperial expansion in South Asia. Students are encouraged to read outside of the suggested texts, and if appropriate, place the discussion in a wider geo-political framework. 
HIS310
Diagnosing Difference: Health And Mental Illness In An Age Of Empire
4.00
Undergraduate
Franz Fanon (1925-1961) was a psychiatrist who practiced in Algeria during the anti colonial war of resistance against France. His writings bear testimony to the deep psychological impact that colonialism had both on the colonized and the colonizer. In this course we will start with his essay titled “Medicine and Colonialism” in Dying Colonialism to focus on his treatment of the difference between the imperial metropolis and the colonial periphery, and their ramifications on the body and the psyche of the colonized. We shall study how historical literature on medicine has treated this difference. These texts will help us think how race, gender and class emerged as sites of articulating difference through the representation of imperial medical concerns in the African continent and South Asian subcontinent. The course will create an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between the history of medical knowledge formation and the constitution of imperial bodies in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
HIS101
Introduction to Archaeology
4.00
Undergraduate
Archaeology today has become a key discipline that helps understand past human activity. This course will introduce students to what archaeologists do and how this discipline evolved as central to the quest of understanding humanity’s and our planet’s past. The course will engage with a broad sweep of theories, methods, technologies and practices employed by archaeologists. Student learning will be interactive, through regular tutorial discussions and occasional field trips, besides peer interactions. Various forms of assessment will be used to evaluate student learning
HIS600
Research Methodology for Histo
4.00
Graduate
Research Methodology for History
ARC600
Research Methodology for Archa
4.00
Graduate
Research Methodology for Archaeology
HIS601
Historiography
4.00
Graduate
Historiography