HIST542 British India: From Clive to Kipling to Gandhi

Updated: 14 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location 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.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

A New History of India

ISBN: 9780195337563
Wolpert, S., OUP 8th ed. 2008

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiements With Truth

ISBN: 9780141186863
Gandhi, M.K., Pearson 2001

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Conquest of Violence: The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict

ISBN: 9780691022819
Bondurant, J.V., California University Press 1988

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 50% 3,000
Assessment Notes

Essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 2 50% 3,000
Assessment Notes

Essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6


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.