Ancient & Medieval India (HIST*3590) | College of Arts

Ancient & Medieval India (HIST*3590)

Code and section: HIST*3590*01

Term: Fall 2017

Instructor: Jesse Palsetia


Course Synopsis:

Ancient and Medieval India covers the period of South Asian history from the beginnings of civilization on the Indian subcontinent to the end of the Great Mughals in the 18th century. The course is intended to provide an overview and analysis of the cultural, social, religious, political and economic development of Indian civilization. The course will address the development of Indian society from tribe to state to civil society. It will analyze the political organization and the significant socio-religious movements that emerged in Indian civilization. In particular, the course stresses the nature of culture contact and exchange, and the development of a composite culture and civilization in India.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Course marks are based on the evaluation of written course work (paper) and examinations (a term test, and a final examination):

Midterm Examination (In Class Test) - 25%
Assignment (Paper) - 35%
Final Examination - 40%

Texts and/or Resources Required Include All or Parts of:

Tentative Course Texts (Check with University Bookstore closer to course commencement)

Burjor Avari, India: The Ancient Past, A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from 7000 BC to AD 1200, 2nd Edition. (London: Routledge, 2016). ISBN-13:1138828216

John F. Richards, The Mughal Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd reprint 1995). ISBN: 8185618496. Available as McLaughlin Library electronic resource.

HIST*3590 Courselink Readings


*Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.