Summer 2018 - HIST 243 D100

A Brief History of Modern India - from British Colony to Independent Republic (3)

Class Number: 5943

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 7, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Bidisha Ray
    1 778 782-9604
    Office: AQ #6241



A survey of South Asian history designed to equip those students completely unfamiliar with the region, with a foundation in the political, social and cultural contours of South Asia from 1757 to 1947. Students who have previously taken HIST 243 STT may not take HIST 243 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


This course is intended to be a basic survey of South Asian history designed to equip those students completely unfamiliar with the region with a foundation in the political, social and cultural history of South Asia from 1757 to 1947. This course is inspired by the popular Indian Administrative Services programme in Indian History (one of the most respected civil service programmes in the world) which successfully transforms subject-area novices into well-rounded scholars through the study of a broad, generalist curriculum.  The intended learning outcomes of this fast-paced course are very simple – we aim to provide first-time students with a basic grasp of the history of one of the most complex and exciting parts of the world. We expect to move from a position of total unfamiliarity to a level of solid scholarly appreciation of the major historical events, themes and debates in South Asian history in one semester.  This  course’s  survey approach and its wide range of themes will equip the dedicated student not only with academic knowledge but also writing, communication, analysis and critical skills. This course will be graded through   a variety of assessment tasks so that students are able to develop an in-depth as well as personalised understanding of the content of this exciting syllabus. 

Some of the main topics to be covered in this course are:
1.   Establishment of British rule in India
2.   The colonial economy
3.   Early resistance to colonial rule
4.   Socio-cultural impact of colonial rule 
5.   Women as a focus, and as agents of social reform 
6.   Agriculture, industry and famine
7.   Early Indian Nationalism, including ‘tribal’ insurrections
8.   The inter-War economy of India
9.   Nationalism under Gandhi's leadership
10. Development of Islamic and Hindu communalism
11. Literary and cultural movements
12. The path to Independence, including the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947


  • Class participation 25%
  • 2 In-class quizzes– 10% +10% 20%
  • Film criticism 10%
  • Source analysis 20%
  • Examination 25%



Bose and Jalal, Modern South Asia

Thomas Metcalf, A Concise History of India

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