Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 105 Effective Fall 2015

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

  • Articulate an understanding of the key events in the history of South Asia and use critical thinking to evaluate historical changes and their impact on South Asian civilization
  • Recognize the diverse contributions of South Asia to world civilization in order to appreciate and evaluate society
  • Identify culturally-grounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of and about peoples in South Asia
  • Communicate effectively using historical analysis
  • Connect the past with the present to enhance citizenship skills

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)

 1. 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

2. 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