What is the course about?
The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India’s rich cultural history will be examined. How this history and culture have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries, tells the rich story of how contemporary India came to be.
What will we cover?
- Key historical developments in the emergence of today's India
- Explore India's rich cultural history and how these have shaped Indian society
- Key factors in India's political and economic development
- India's role today in the South Asia region and the wider world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify two or three key historical developments important to the founding of today's India
- Identify elements from India's rich cultural history to explain the structure of Indian society
- Identify key factors to explain India's political and economic development.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp
of English to keep up with the course and participate fully. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be delivered through a presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety maps, images, video and text throughout the sessions. Discussion of materials will be encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A list of recommended reading material and recommended films will be provided, but this is optional. Please bring pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other 'world history' courses that may be of interest to you are:
HLA01 - Latin America
HH660 - History of Antarctica
HH160 - Europe and North Africa: colonial past to economic partnership
HLA02 - Latin America today: a journey from Mexico to Argentina.
HH133 - Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies
For further details, see the 'World history' or 'Modern age' sub-sections of 'History' on the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details