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

Ancient & Medieval India (HIST*3590)

Code and section: HIST*3590*01

Term: Fall 2019

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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students taking Ancient and Medieval India will learn the following skills:

  1. Content. The student will be able to identify and explain major people, themes, and events in the history of ancient India.
  2. Written Skills: The student will develop written communication skills through tests and an assignment.
  3. Sources: Through written work, the student will develop the skills to locate and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  4. Professional and Ethical Responsibility: The student will learn the practices of the historian and an understanding of academic integrity as applied to the responsible use of historical sources and the ethical presentation of one’s work.
  5. Understanding: The student will engage with current global events through an understanding of their historical context.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Mid-term Test: 25%
Research Essay: 35%
Final Exam: 40%

Texts Required:

Burjor Avari, India: The Ancient Past (London: Routledge, 2nd edition 2016). ISBN-13: 978-1138828216 ISBN-10: 1138828211
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


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