HIST542 British India: From Clive to Kipling to Gandhi

Updated: 14 December 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST242 or HIST342
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Howard Brasted (hbrasted@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit explores the encounter of two opposing political philosophies: British imperialism emerging from the conquest of India, and 'satyagraha', Gandhi's non-violent rejection of the British 'raj' and blueprint for a state which fused religion and politics. While the British envisioned a centralized India modeled on Westminster liberal democratic lines, satyagraha promoted a decentralized system of village republics in which individuals largely ruled themselves. Satyagraha facilitated decolonization but also divided the sub-continent. The unit considers the roots of British imperial thinking, India's national awakening, the coming of Gandhi, Hindu and Muslim fundamentalism and the post-independence paths of India and Pakistan.

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Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit an advanced and integrated knowledge of the various processes that led the British to dismantle their Indian empire;
  2. critically analyse and evaluate the various factors that led to decolonisation, especially including that of Gandhian moral challenge;
  3. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles and practices underpinning satyagraha as a method of non-violent persuasion;
  4. explain in a clear and coherent manner why secular politics in the sub-continent are facing challenges from the politics of religion;
  5. demonstrate high level research skills and the ability to write analytically and coherently; and
  6. display high level skills in independent evaluation and sustained argument.