Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HST 105
Course Title:
History of India and South Asia Region
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Course Description

Introduces the history of India and the South Asian region. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious, and cultural themes from pre-history to modern times. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Articulate and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events in the history of South Asia.
  • Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  • Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  • Construct a well organized historical argument using effective, appropriate, and accurate language.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

 Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects
  • Service-learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

 Competencies and Skills:

  • Identify the characteristics of South Asian civilization
  • Identify key political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of South Asian civilization
  • Appraise how civilization changed over time
  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own
  • Recognize and understand the basis for various interpretations and views of historical issues
  • Identify an historian's thesis and supporting evidence
  • Select what is important from a large body of material
  • Connect past and present

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  • Early Indus civilizations
  • Aryan migrations
  • Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism
  • Mauryan Empire
  • Gupta Dynasty and Classical Indian Culture
  • Islamic Invasions and Influence
    •      Delhi Sultanate
    •      Sikhism
  • Mughal Empire and rulers
  • Initial European contacts
  • East India Company
  • British Raj
  • Evolution of Indian Nationalism and British response
  • Gandhi
  • Impact of World Wars
  • Independence
  • Partition
    •      Jinnah
    •      Pakistan
    •      Kashmir
  • Post-Independence
    •      Nehru
    •      Indira Gandhi
    •      Bangladesh
    •      Nuclear proliferation
  • Current Issues
  • Modernization
  • Globalization

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Gender
  • Institutions
  • Political and economic structures
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions